Initiative Part of Collaborative Effort to Establish a Regional Minimum Wage
Prince George's County Council Chair Mel Franklin (D) - District 9 congratulated lawmakers in the District of Columbia who today passed legislation raising the minimum wage for disadvantaged workers in the city. Under the bill, the D.C. minimum wage will increase to $11.50 an hour by the year 2016.
"I congratulate our partners in the District of Columbia for joining neighboring Prince George's and Montgomery counties in completing the historic and unprecedented move towards a regional minimum wage for the Metropolitan Washington DC area. This is only the beginning of a great regional partnership on a multitude of issues of common interest. This new regional minimum wage sends a strong message to our partners in Annapolis and the United States Congress about the need to raise the minimum wage in Maryland and across our great nation."
Council Chair Franklin added, "An essential part of the American Dream is being able to make it in America if you work hard and play by the rules. Raising the minimum wage is a small but significant step towards making this a reality for thousands in the region and millions across the country."
Council Member Andrea C. Harrison (D) - District 5, lead sponsor of legislation raising the minimum wage in Prince George's County which was signed into law today by County Executive Rushern L. Baker, says this is a defining moment in the history of Prince George's County and the region.
"Lawmakers in Prince George's and Montgomery counties and the District of Columbia, in an historic regional commitment to working families, have united to build a more sustainable economic recovery that serves all of our residents, including the poor and working poor. Establishing a regional minimum wage is the result of a unique and unprecedented partnership, and I look forward to building on this relationship. The leadership and tenacity of D.C. City Council Chair Phil Mendelson and his Council colleagues are commendable, and I congratulate their achievement."
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.