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.
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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.
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‘Large retailer’ living-wage bill is moving forward in D. C.
Posted by Mike DeBonis on March 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm
“Big box” stores like a Lowe’s planned for Northeast are targeted by Council Chairman PhilMendelson’s bill
A D.C. Council bill that would require the city’s largest retailers — including Wal-Mart, Costco, Home Depot and others — to pay higher wages is showing signs of life. The “Large Retailer Accountability Act,” introduced by Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) in January, will get a hearing next Wednesday before the council’s Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs committee.
The bill would require “large retailers” — defined as businesses operating an indoor store of at least 75,000 square feet and whose corporate parent has sales of at least $1 billion — to pay wages no lower than $11.75 per hour plus, benefits. That “living wage” would be indexed to the local consumer price index every year.
WalMart organizes opposition to big box ordinance: