County officials in Maryland hike minimum wage to $15 a hour

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The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour over a period of years.

Councilmembers voted Tuesday on an amended bill that would force large employers to adopt the $15 hourly wage by 2022. Small employers would need to pay the higher wage by 2024.

The Washington Post reports that the county is the first in the state to require a $15 minimum.

The county raised the minimum wage in 2013 by phasing it in over several years. It has incrementally risen to $11.50 an hour, where it is currently set.

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