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COUNCIL CHAIRMAN MEL FRANKLIN JOINS D.C. MAYOR VINCENT GRAY, COUNCIL CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON AND D.C. CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MINIMUM WAGE BILL SIGNING


For Immediate Release: 1/15/2014 9:00 PM

Contact: Karen D. Campbell | 301.952.5182

D.C. Leaders Congratulated on Completing the Establishment of a Regional Minimum Wage on Dr. King’s Birthday

Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin (D) - District 9, attended today’s signing of legislation raising the minimum wage in the District of Columbia and offered the following statement:   

“I would like to congratulate our friends in the District of Columbia for completing our historic partnership to establish a regional minimum wage for working families in the Metropolitan Washington Region. It is even more fitting that Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and his colleagues on the D.C. City Council completed this incredible accomplishment on the birthday of our country’s greatest civil rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The completion of this regional expansion of economic opportunity for workers at the lowest end of the pay scale is a victory for social justice for working families throughout our region.

Chairman Franklin added, “I also want to take the opportunity to again commend my colleague, Council Member Andrea C. Harrison for her advocacy as lead sponsor of the Prince George’s County minimum wage bill, and her work with lawmakers in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County to establish a regional minimum wage.”

The minimum wage increase in Prince George’s County takes effect in October 2014, and will reach $11.50 an hour by the year 2017.