Md. County Councilmember Proposes Raising Minimum Wage

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File photo of a person counting money. (credit: BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — D.C. isn’t the only local jurisdiction where legislators are trying to raise minimum wage.

Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich, a Democrat, says he plans to introduce legislation that would increase the county’s minimum wage to $12 per hour, according to a Washington Post report. Federal minimum wage is currently $7.25.

The average household income in Montgomery County is about $95,660, but nearly 10 percent of the 355,434 households in the county have an annual income of less than $25,000, according to U.S. Census data.

The Post reports that Elrich will announce his plans for the measure when the council returns from summer break Sept. 10.

D.C.’s controversial Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would raise the minimum wage requirement for certain non-union District retailers, was passed by the city council in July. It reached Mayor Vincent Gray’s desk on Friday. He has not said publicly if he plans to veto the bill or not, but he has 10 more business days to decide.

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