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Minimum Wage Increase On The Table In Montgomery County

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The case for raising the minimum wage has been made across the country in the last several months.
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The case for raising the minimum wage has been made across the country in the last several months.

When council members in Montgomery County return from recess next month, a bill raising the minimum wage in the county to $12 per hour will await them.

Councilman Marc Elrich is behind the bill. It's not too dis-similar from the measure that D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is currently deciding whether to sign in the District.

"There hasn't been a discussion about minimum wages and then all of the sudden there's been a lot of discussion," Elrich says. "Not just in D.C., but around the country."

Elrich knows his bill won't be too popular with Montgomery County's business community, but he says higher wages can equate to lower taxes.

"The higher people's wages are — is less money that we're going to pay out in earned income tax credits," Elrich says. "The less money we're paying out in free and reduced lunches. The less money we're paying out in housing subsidies."

Elrich adds that most employers in the county already pay a higher wage than $12 an hour, furthering his belief the bill would have a low impact on businesses.

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