Public Hearing – September 26,2017
Danielle Meitiv’s statement on Bill 28-17, Human Rights and Civil Liberties- County Minimum Wage
Increasing the minimum wage will help workers. Hundreds of economists endorse the $15 minimum wage as an effective means to improve living standards for low-wage workers – and the economic data support this conclusion. A higher wage will reduce hunger and food insecurity among our lowest-income residents. It will reduce overall economic stress and allow workers to better their own lives and those of their families. It will improve the physical and emotional health of the children of these workers, allowing them to come to school prepared to learn.
A higher minimum wage is good for workers. It is good for businesses. It is good for our local economy. And therefore it is good for Montgomery County. By raising the minimum wage for workers we are investing in our own community and our own residents.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 is the moral thing to do. It is the economically sensible thing to do. And it is the scientifically sound thing to do. Therefore, I urge the Council to invest in our County and in our future by raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour quickly as possible. Thank you.