The Prince George's County Council, during session on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, unanimously adopted amended legislation raising the County's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by October 1, 2017.
The current state and federal minimum is $7.25 an hour, roughly $15,000 annually for a full-time worker, leaving the minimum wage employee below the poverty line. The current minimum wage, which has not been raised since 2009, consistently falls below the rate of inflation. CB-94 gradually increases the County's minimum wage to $11.50 by October 1, 2017.
Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison (D) - District 5, says she is pleased with today's Council action.
"I want to thank my colleagues for their support of CB-94 throughout this legislative process. I also want to thank our citizens and County businesses for participated in this process. With this action, the Prince George's County Council has taken concrete steps to ensure disadvantaged workers can make ends meet and improve the quality of their lives. We can take pride in this achievement, a sound policy decision that also helps to build a better local economy for all of our residents."
Today's action by the Prince George's County Council is part of a unique and unprecedented collaboration among the three jurisdictions to establish a "regional minimum wage" that is fair to both employers and employees. Montgomery County Council Member Valerie Ervin was present in Council Chambers to witness the Prince George's County Council vote.
Council Chair Harrison says passing local legislation to raise the minimum wage has been a team effort.
"I want to thank Montgomery County Council Member Marc Elrich and Valerie Ervin, and their colleagues, as well as D.C. City Council Chair Phil Mendelson for their leadership, partnership and persistence on this issue. Working separately can place any single jurisdiction in jeopardy of a competitive disadvantage, so we appreciate the opportunity to work together with our neighbors in this historic regional commitment to working families. We are uniting to build a more sustainable economic recovery that serves all of our residents, including the poor and the working poor."
Council Bill 94 received unanimous support from the Council’s Public Safety and Fiscal Management (PSFM) on Thursday, Oct. 17. Final Council action on CB-94 was deferred on Tuesday, November 19, in anticipation of the Montgomery County Council’s vote on Council Bill 27-13, which was successfully adopted on Tuesday, November 26.
Amendments to the original version of CB-94, brings the legislation more in line with the amended measure enacted by the Montgomery County Council. A vote on the issue is set in the D.C. City Council for December 3.
Vice-Chair Obie Patterson, and Council Member Will Campos, both of whom have supported the legislation throughout the process, were on Thanksgiving holiday travel and unable to attend Wednesday's session.
All legislative powers of Prince George’s County are vested in the County Council. The County Council sits as the District Council on zoning and land use policy, and as the Board of Health to govern and guide health policy. The County Council meets as a legislative body on Tuesdays in the Council Hearing Room on the first floor of the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. For more information on the Prince George’s County Council, please visit www.princegeorgescountymd.gov.