The Montgomery County Council voted 5-to-4 in favor of increasing minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. However, it is unclear whether Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive, will allow the measure to become law. Leggett made a statement last week that he was concerned about the legislation, because the increase could possibly put the county at a disadvantage in attracting new businesses.
If the legislation passes, Montgomery County will become the second jurisdiction in the Washington area and the first in the state to adopt a $15 hourly minimum wage. The legislation would not go into effect until for businesses with fewer than 25 employees and 2020 for other businesses.
In 2014, the county adopted legislation that would increase minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017. The minimum wage was increased October 1, 2014 to $8.40, with another increase planned for 2015, which will increase the county’s wage to $9.55. This would be followed by another increase in 2016, which will increase it to $10.75.
In 2014, the current state and federal minimum was $7.25. However, the Maryland had plans to increase the state minimum to $10.10 by 2018.