County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

County Executive Baker Signs Minimum Wage Bill CB-94-2013 Backed By County Council

For Immediate Release: 12/17/2013 7:00 PM

Contact: Christy A. Lipscomb | (240) 508-1989

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Upper Marlboro, MD – Today, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III was joined by Council Chair Mel Franklin (D – District 9), Former Council Chair Andrea Harrison (D – District 5) and additional members of the Prince George’s County Council for the signing of the minimum wage bill CB-94-2013, legislation that will increase the minimum wage for employees working within Prince George’s County.  The bill is estimated to impact 4% of Prince George’s County’s approximate 300,000 employee total workforce.  Photos of the bill signing can be seen here.

“I want to thank and credit Former Council Chair Andrea Harrison along with her Council colleagues for their advocacy and collective commitment on this important issue.  This bill was grounded in regional collaboration and cooperation,” said Baker.  “As we work to expand our commercial tax-base, I was concerned about supporting an increase that would reduce our competitiveness in the region.  This Council understood that and successfully created a regional bill and I am very pleased with what the regional approach garnered.  As we all know, a living wage is essential to meeting basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing.  Frankly, that is what this is about.  By signing this bill, we are helping thousands of workers in Prince George’s County receive fair compensation for their work.  But we are not done yet.  The next critical step in this endeavor is to continue our efforts to seek an increase in the minimum wage statewide during the next session of the Maryland General Assembly that begins on January 8, 2014 as well as to push Congress to increase the federal minimum wage.”

"This is a tremendous day for the working families of Prince George's County, said Prince George’s County Council Chair Mel Franklin (D – District 9).  “I congratulate the County Executive and my colleagues on the County Council for speaking with one voice for shared prosperity for some of our hardest working residents. An honest day's work deserves an honest day's pay.  The world is indeed coming to Prince George's County and we must work to make sure that all of our residents share in the unprecedented economic growth on the horizon."

CB-94-2013 [enacts] TAKES EFFECT on October 1, 2014, at $8.40 per hour, and will incrementally increase thereafter to: $9.55 per hour on October 1, 2015, $10.75 per hour on October 1, 2016, and $11.50 per hour on October 1, 2017.  The Prince George’s County minimum wage requirements shall not apply to an employee who is exempt from the minimum wage requirements of the Maryland Wage and Hour Law or the Fair Labor Standards Act; or if an individual is under the age of 19 years and is employed for no more than 20 hours in a week.  Additionally, computation of tipped wages for the minimum wage required under this Section shall be the same as the manner of computation of tipped wages in Section 3-419, Labor and Employment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, (the Maryland Wage and Hour Law).

"Today's action is a significant achievement for which we can all be proud and I want to thank County Executive Rushern Baker for signing this critical legislation into law,” said Council Member Andrea C. Harrison, (D – District 5) “Raising the minimum wage presents a defining moment in the history of our County and tells a story of our community's unprecedented collaboration and unwavering commitment to help disadvantaged workers better make ends meet and improve the quality of their lives."