MoCo $15 Minimum Wage Hearing Tonight

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Big Council hearing tonight, lots of folks going to be there, and I’ll be one of them.

Montgomery County Council members will hear from the public on a proposal to raise the county’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.

Tuesday night’s public hearing starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Montgomery County Council Office Building.

The bill would phase in the higher wage in increments. Council member Marc Elrich proposed the legislation, citing the region’s high cost of living. Four other council members — Tom Hucker, Nancy Navarro, Hans Riemer and George Leventhal — have supported the change.

It was a titanic struggle to get the $11.50 bill passed in 2013 – more betrayals and palace intrigue than Macbeth – so seeing how this one unfolds is going to be very interesting. Don’t watch the final vote (everyone will vote for the final version), but instead watch what amendments get offered to water down, weaken or even kill the bill outright. All of this will start to play out tonight, so watch the comments and discussions among and between the Councilmembers.

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