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
“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