Cities throughout the country have adopted a "living wage" law that requires some contractors who work with the city to pay their employees a salary that keeps them out of poverty. Alexandria, Va. is just one of those cities. In fact, according to Washington Post reports, Alexandria passed the law in 2000 with surrounding cities following over the next three years.

But, not every city was quick to embrace the change. There seems to be great debate over whether the push for "living wage" was a smart one. According to the article, there are a lot of politics involved with the decision to implement a law such as this and in the meantime, contractors are struggling with accounts that spread over city lines.

Some argue that the existing law should be eliminated, while others push for expanding the law to include those cities not already on board.

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