May 9, 2014

Leggett Attends Signing Ceremony for State’s New Minimum Wage Law

County Executive Ike Leggett joined Governor Martin O’Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch at the signing for the Maryland Wage and Hour Law. The State’s new minimum wage law phases in increases from the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over a three-year period.

Leggett, a long-time advocate for increasing the State minimum wage, was a strong supporter of the State’s law, as well as the County’s minimum wage law that was enacted in the fall.

The local law increases the County’s minimum wage to $8.40 on October 1, boosting the rate over four years to $11.50 an hour. When signing the County’s bill, Leggett stated that he believed it is appropriate, given Montgomery County’s higher cost-of-living, to have a higher minimum wage than other parts of the State.