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Elrich Introduces a Second Try at Increasing MoCo’s Minimum Wage to $15

The Montgomery County Council today introduced Bill 28-17, which is the County Council’s second try at gradually increasing the County’s minimum wage to $15.

The lead sponsor of the bill is At-Large Councilmember and 2018 County Executive hopeful Marc Elrich, who serves as chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee and serves on the Education Committee, said the following regarding the need for the legislation, “I know that some of my colleagues had been hesitant to support the $15 minimum wage. I think this revised bill addresses some of the major concerns.”

He is joined by co-sponsors Councilmembers George Leventhal, Hans Riemer (both At-Large) Tom Hucker (District 4) and Nancy Navarro (District 5) in pushing to increase the minimum wage.

Last fall, Elrich, and his four co-sponsors approved Bill 12-16 by a 5-4 vote. Councilmembers Roger Berliner (District 1 – Bethesda/Poolesville), Nancy Floreen (At-Large), Sidney Katz (District 3 – Rockville/Gaithersburg) and Craig Rice (District 2 – Germantown/Clarksburg/Damascus) voted against the amended bill which would have raised the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. However, the bill was vetoed by County Executive Ike Leggett because it was “too much, too soon.”