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Berliner says budget aggression will not stand

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Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner reassured activists and professionals in the Jewish community last week that the County’s proposed budget that includes a 1 percent cut in funding for nonprofits will not stand.

“It just simply can’t stand, and I know my colleagues feel the same way,” Berliner told the 60 participants at the 12th annual Jewish Community Relations Council’s Montgomery County Advocacy Day on April 6.

The reduced funding is proposed to come out of the Department of Health and Human Services Non-Developmental Disabilities Provider Services Contracts budget, which many nonprofits rely on to provide services to County residents.

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Gaithersburg confirms Monroe - honors Katz

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GAITHERSBURG – The City Council voted unanimously to confirm the selection of Yvette Monroe as its newest member Monday Night. 

Monroe, recipient of Gaithersburg’s Distinguished Citizen Award last year and Chair of the city’s Education and Enrichment Committee, was chosen from a dozen applicants and five finalists to serve the balance of Council Member Henry F. Marraffa Jr.’s final term. Marraffa died on Oct. 18, and his term expires in November. Monroe has not yet announced whether she will seek a full term in the fall. She was scheduled to be formally sworn in at City Hall Wednesday night.

The council inducted County Council member Sidney A. Katz (D-3) into Gaithersburg’s Hall of Mayors.  Katz, a Gaithersburg native and graduate of Gaithersburg High school, served on the City Council from 1978 to 1998, when he was appointed mayor following the death of Mayor W. Edward Bohrer. He served as Mayor until his election to the County Council in 2014. At Monday night’s meeting, a portrait of Katz was unveiled, which will hang with portraits of other past city mayors in the hallway leading to the Council Chambers.

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County Raises Minimum Wage

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Council passes minimum wage raise, now awaits Leggett's signature

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ROCKVILLE – After many debates, protests and public hearings, the County Council voted Tuesday to increase the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.

Now Bill 12-16 awaits County Executive Ike Leggett’s signature before it can become law. Patrick Lacefield, a spokesperson for the County, said Leggett has not decided whether he plans to sign the minimum wage increase in to law.

“We're still reviewing it; we haven't made a decision,” Lacefield said.

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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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Gaithersburg readies for elections

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jud ashmanGAITHERSBURG - Gaithersburg residents will cast ballots for four elected city officials this fall. The terms of office for Mayor Jud Ashman, City Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel, and Council members Neil Harris and Cathy Drzyzgula will expire in November.

Ashman was appointed mayor by the council last year following the election of longtime mayor Sidney Katz to the County Council. Harris was appointed by the council to serve the remainder of Ashman’s council term. Drzyzgula announced in March that she would not seek a third term on the council. The Gaithersburg mayor serves a four-year term, although this election will be for the remaining two years of Sidney Katz's term, and City Council members serve the community at large for four-year terms.

Candidate packets will be available online and at Gaithersburg City Hall beginning June 5. To appear on the ballots, candidates must submit a petition signed by at least 100 registered Gaithersburg voters to the city’s Board of Supervisors for Elections via the City Attorney’s Office by 5 p.m. on Sept. 18. Candidates will be required to attend one of two training sessions, and financial reporting will be required throughout the campaign.

City residents who are registered to vote in Montgomery County are automatically registered to vote in the election. The deadline to register is Oct. 19. Early voting will be held at City Hall on Oct. 25, 27 and 31, prior to the general election on Nov. 3.

For more information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov or contact Elections Clerk Lauren Klingler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..         

 

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