Montgomery County Council Approves Increase in Minimum Wage

As reported by the Washington Post, the Montgomery County Council approved local legislation to establish its own minimum wage, increasing it above the minimum wage established by the State. From the article:

The council’s action, which followed nearly four hours of tense and occasionally acrimonious debate, is part of an unusual regional effort by Montgomery, Prince George’s County and the District. The Prince George’s County Council is expected to vote Wednesday and an initial vote by the D.C. Council is set for Dec. 3.

The Montgomery bill increases the wage annually, to $8.40 in October 2014; $9.55 in 2015; $10.75 in 2016 and $11.50 in 2017.

An increase in the State’s minimum wage is likely to be discussed during the upcoming 2014 General Assembly session.