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County’s Report Says Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 Could Lead to 45,000 Lost Jobs

Just days after the Montgomery County Council re-introduced a bill aimed at increasing the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020, a study commissioned by the County finds that increasing the minimum wage would cost the county thousands of jobs.

On July 25 Councilmember At-Large and candidate for County Executive in 2018, Marc Elrich, introduced Bill 28-17 which, if approved, would gradually increasing the County’s minimum wage to $15.

While introducing the bill Elrich said, “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.”

Six days later on July 31, the study conducted by Philadelphia-base