Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has not yet decided whether to sign a $15 per hour minium wage bill, a county govenrment spokesman said, despite a demonstration Thursday morning by a coalition of labor, religious and community organizations who called for his signature.
Leggett (D) has until Jan. 27 to determine whether he will sign or veto the legislation, which passed the County Council Tuesday on a 5-4 vote. He could also let it become law without his signature.
Last week, Leggett said he was worried the bill would put Montgomery at a competitive disadvantage in the region, where only the District has a similar minimum-wage law, and that it would put too great a burden on employers.
Several dozen people demonstrated Thursday in favor of the legislation, which would raise minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. A family of four with a single wage earner needs to make $22 an hour to live above the federal poverty line in Montgomery County, but 143,000 families make less than $13.59 an hour, organizers said.
The demonstration included representatives of labor unions, an immigrant advocacy group and the local African American and women’s Democratic clubs.