Montgomery County Council hearing.

Montgomery County Council hearing.

Bills that would raise the minimum wage to $11.50 have passed a key DC City Council Committee as well as the Montgomery County Council and Prince George’s County Council. On Monday, the DC City Council’s Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs passed a minimum wage bill that would raise the wage to $11.50 by 2016 and index the wage to inflation after that. The Committee also passed fixes to the Paid Sick Days law; both votes were 6-0.

In Montgomery County, the County Council last night, after much debate, passed a minimum wage bill 8-1. However, the bill included amendments that delay the increase and exclude certain workers. Instead of reaching $11.50 by 2016, the Council voted to have this wage be reached by 2017; this does not include indexing. The bill includes day laborers, but excludes tipped workers.

This morning, Prince George’s County followed suite and voted unanimously on their minimum wage bill that also has the wage reaching $11.50 by 2017.

Victory photo in Price George's County!

Victory photo in Price George’s County!