Last week the all-Democratic Montgomery County Council passed a $15 minimum wage bill by a 5-4 vote. Despite majority support, County Executive Ike Leggett vetoed the bill, becoming the first Democratic executive to do so. 

My statement to ABC7:

This is an absolute betrayal of working families. Montgomery County is one of the most expensive jurisdictions in the country where a family needs to earn over $30 per hour to be self-sufficient. $15 is the least we can do.

We will hold every politician who opposed the $15 minimum wage accountable and will continue to push for a fair wage in the county.

The veto comes after a week of actions including hundreds of phone calls directed to Leggett’s office urging him to sign the bill.

A similar bill in Baltimore will be taken up once the new city council convenes and a statewide $15 minimum wage bill is expected to be introduced in the upcoming session of the General Assembly.



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