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HHS committee split on minimum wage bill

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ROCKVILLE – The County Council continued their debate over raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour during a Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee meeting Wednesday.

The committee discussed Bill 12-16, which would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.

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County continues minimum wage discussion

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ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee picked up their discussion of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 from last week’s hearing.

On Monday, the committee did not vote or make any recommendations to the bill, as council member still waited for more information from their staff about the potential impacts.

Bill 12-16, has strong support on the council with five co-sponsors, with council members George Leventhal (D- At large), Hans Riemer (D- At large), Nancy Navarro (D-4), Tom Hucker (D-5) and the leading sponsor, Marc Elrich (D-At large).

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County Council mulls plans to reduce hunger

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ROCKVILLE – Two years ago, Andy Burness volunteered with the Food Recovery Network to drop off food to a local women’s shelter.

Burness and the group of volunteers arrived with 25 large plastic bins full of food to drop off, but upon arrival, there were already six full bins of food sitting on the kitchen counter.

“We didn’t know what to do,” said Burness, chair of Montgomery County Security Collaborative. “How can you bring fresh delicious food to a shelter and take it back? But conversely, how can you leave that food for the women in the shelter knowing most of it will go to waste?”

On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council heard testimony on Bill 19-16, which proposes the County develop a five-year plan by Dec. 1 to tackle food insecurity. The Health and Human Services committee will review the bill June 23.

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Leventhal targets Executive Ball's balance

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For 30 years the Executive’s Ball has been a staple for raising money for the arts in Montgomery County, now it is part of a political controversy.

County Council member George Leventhal (D-At large) is asking the Executive’s Ball for four years of records from the charity ball.

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