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The Montgomery County Council  has put forth a bill that would give all Montgomery Council workers a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said that he would veto the bill saying that working toward the $15 minimum wage is something the County should work towards over an appropriate timeframe rather than take a giant step of a just making $15 minimum wage the law.

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Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett says he will veto the $15-an-hour minimum wage measure passed by the county council last week.

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner said he received the memo from Leggett that said he would veto the bill.

The county council’s measure would have raised the current minimum wage of $10.75 to $11.50 later this year. It would rise again to $12.50 next year; to $13.75 in 2019 and finally to $15 in 2020.

After receiving the letter, Council President Berliner told reporters that county leaders need to “find a better balance for Montgomery County.”  He is among four council members who agreed with County Executive Ike Leggett — including Nancy Floreen, Sydney Katz and Craig Rice — who voted against the measure.

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