MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND, November 26, 2013 — The Montgomery County Council is voting today to on whether or not to raise the minimum wage in that county to $11.50 per hour.
The measure being considered is sponsored by Council Member Marc Elrich. The change would be enacted gradually over the next three years. Any future changes to the county’s minimum wage rate would change with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures the changes in the prices of goods and services.
Another proposal, put together by County Executive Isiah Leggett, would enact the change over a five year period, rather than a three year period. Furthermore, the minimum wage in Leggett’s plan would not exceed $11.50 or $1.00 higher than the state minimum wage, whichever is lower. The wage in Leggett’s plan would also not be change with the CPI.
Elrich has said that he feels indexing is crucial to the bill. “You want people to move closer to a living wage and then you don’t index it, that means every year it erods to the order of something like 30 to 40 cents.”
Movement on an increased minimum wage started after Governor Martin O’Malley recently called for an increase to Maryland’s minimum wage, which is currently at $7.25 per hour.
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