Montgomery Co. council votes to raise minimum wage
ROCKVILLE — The Montgomery County Council has voted to establish a county minimum wage and raise that hourly rate to $11.50 by 2017.
The 8-1 vote Tuesday night followed hours of tense debate, but County Executive Ike Leggett says he will sign the measure into law.
Prince George’s County voted on Wednesday to join Montgomery County in dramatically raising the minimum wage, approving a measure that would increase the hourly rate to $11.50 by 2017 from the current $7.25.
The vote was part of a pact between officials from Maryland’s two most populous counties and the District, which is set to vote on a similar proposal Dec. 3. District officials were closely watching the votes in Montgomery and Prince George’s, which they said would help them to raise the city’s rate as well.