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Small businesses see new minimum wage law as a "business killer" for them

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MoCo LogoWhile local union members and activists cheered and waved their “Fight for $15” signs on Monday as Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett signed legislation Monday to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour, some small business owners fear that their livelihoods and those of the people they employ will be hurt by the mandated increases.

“It will force me out of business,” said Richard Gorinson, owner of J&S Shoes in Wheaton.

Gorinson said “[B]y the time it goes into effect, I’ll go out of business.”

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County will not pay for flawed study

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Montgomery County won’t be paying the bill on the faulty study it commissioned on the minimum wage legislation.

After an executive from PFM Consulting admitted his firm made a mathematical error in a County-commissioned study which altered the estimated results of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, County Executive Ike Leggett decided not to pay him for the costs.

“This was not well done and not worthy of the work that they do,” said Council President Roger Berliner (D-1).

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Council weighs in on minimum wage increase

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ROCKVILLE – There were not enough seats in the third floor hearing room at the County Council Building Tuesday night during the public hearing for the latest bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

County residents, activist and leaders packed the County Council building during the public hearing for Bill 28-17, which would increase the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 for some businesses from its current minimum wage of $11.50 per hour. Bill 28-17 is the second attempt by Council member Marc Elrich (D-at large) and others to successfully pass a minimum wage increase into law after County Executive Ike Leggett vetoed the last bill to do so.

Bill 28-17 would also give small businesses with 25 employees or fewer an extra two years, until 2022, to increase their minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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Council will take up minimum wage, budget following break

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Just six days after their counterparts in Annapolis begin the legislative session for the state General Assembly, the Council returns to tackle priority issues for the County, including transportation, education and the economy.

On the agenda for the Council will be the County Budget, minimum wage and sector plans for Bethesda.

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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 mulls wage hike

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Council member Marc Elrich (D-At large) said his proposed bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 is just playing catch up.

Elrich said his plan to raise the minimum wage will not lift people out of poverty but help lower income workers provide for themselves.

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Minimum wage hike debated

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ROCKVILLE – Fallout from the county’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 came as expected Tuesday night as business owners and laborers found themselves on opposite sides of the issue.

Forty people testified Tuesday night about Bill 12-16, which would raise the minimum wage to $12.50 per hour in 2018, $13.75 per hour in 2019 and $15 per hour in 2020.

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