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County Council Approves Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 by 2020, Critics Say Move is Too Much, Too So

The Montgomery County Council yesterday approved Bill 12-16 that will gradually increase the County minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. Five amendments to the original bill were approved before the Council voted 5-4 to approve the amended bill, making Montgomery one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to approve a $15 per hour minimum wage.

Five members of the all-Democratic County Council pushed Bill 12-16 through despite an existing plan to raise the minimum wage in Montgomery County from the current $10.75 an hour to $11.50 per hour on July 20, 2017.