The Jan. 27 editorial “Minimum-wage hyperbole doesn’t help” praised Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett’s (D) decision to strike down the minimum-wage increase the County Council approved earlier that month.
Contrary to the editorial’s claims, Mr. Leggett’s concerns were hardly well-founded. His biggest objections were rooted in some sort of fear that Montgomery County is a special economic snowflake that could not possibly experience the same economic benefits that metropolises such as Seattle and New York have enjoyed from a $15 minimum wage.
It’s true that Montgomery County is not a tourist destination like these cities or the District . Despite the county’s bad-for-business reputation, which Mr. Leggett seems to think he can reverse with a single stamp of red ink, Montgomery County is a premier destination for exactly the sort of businesses that now exploit their workers with poverty wages.
Our county is among the wealthiest in the nation, with a median household income of $99,435. Money talks, and Mr. Leggett’s argument walks; businesses will stay in Montgomery County and continue to come here because of the disposable income our residents wield, a feature of our market that will only be enhanced as more workers previously struggling to make ends meet start to earn a living wage.
Bobby Bartlett, Germantown