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Maryland Political Roundup: Minimum Wage Bill Returns, Cummings Back to Work, Race for Gov.

Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Modified minimum wage bill in Montgomery County

A Montgomery County Council member is moving ahead with a revised proposal to boost hourly wages after a push for a $15 minimum wage was vetoed by County Executive Ike Leggett earlier this year.

Councilmember Marc Elrich plans to introduce the new legislation on Tuesday, which still calls for raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2020, but offers exceptions for some employers. Providers of adult day care services, nonprofit organizations and businesses with 25 or fewer employees would have an extra two years. The county’s minimum wage is currently at $11.50 an hour.

A public hearing on Elrich’s plan will likely be held in late September.

Cummings to return to work

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, who has been recovering from a heart procedure for nearly two months, says he plans to return to work at his district office a few days each week during next month’s congressional recess. He did not indicate when he would return to Capitol Hill. Rep. Cummings is the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. 

Field of Candidates for Maryland Governor Grows

Rep. Cummings wife, Maya Rockeymoore, is reportedly considering entering the crowded field of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor in 2018. Rockeymoore is a policy strategist and former Capitol Hill staffer.

Last week, state senator Rich Madaleno entered the race, joining already declared candidates, Former NCAAP President Ben Jealous (recently endorsed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders), Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, tech entrepreneur Alec Ross and attorney Jim Shea. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is expected to join the fray in the fall, while Rep. John Delaney and former Attorney General Doug Gansler are pondering whether to run.

Republican Governor Larry Hogan has not officially declared his candidacy for re-election.