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.