Elrich still plans to introduce minimum wage bill -- Gazette.Net


Montgomery County Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park said he still plans to introduce a bill that would raise the county’s minumum wage to $12 an hour, although he won’t be doing it Tuesday, as originally planned. Instead, the bill could be introduced as early as next week, Elrich said.

Tuesday’s agenda already called for the council to consider a resolution in support of legislation by the General Assembly to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour statewide.

Elrich said he didn’t want to have two minimum-wage items on the agenda for the same day.

The council’s resolution calls on the General Assembly to set the state’s minimum wage at $10.10 an hour, as well as increase the wage for tipped workers from 50 percent to 70 percent of the full minimum wage and to enable both wages to rise automatically along with the cost of living.

Nineteen states have raised their minimum wage above Maryland’s wage, while 10 states allow the minimum wage to keep pace with the cost of living, according to the resolution.

The resolution was sponsored by Elrich, Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring and Council President Nancy Navarro (D- Dist. 4) of Silver Spring, and supported by the other six council members.

Elrich said he’s still trying to figure out what kind of support his bill will have when it’s introduced.

If people don’t like the $12 figure, he’ll work to find a number that people can agree with, he said.

“It’s really sad that this is such a controversial thing,” he said.