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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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