Howard County legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $16 per hour in the future fails to move forward on October 4th

New “late filed” legislation filed by Howard County Councilmembers Opel Jones and Christiana Rigby would raise the minimum wage in Howard County to $16 per hour by 2024 for Howard County Government employees, 2025 (for Employers with 15 or more employees) and 2026 (Employers 14 or fewer employees).

The legislation (CB81-2021): AN ACT establishing a local minimum wage for employees working in Howard County; and generally relating to Howard County minimum wage requirements.

This legislation was brought forward on October 4th at the County Council Legislative Session and a motion to “Suspend the Rules to Allow Introduction” failed by a vote of 3 to 2:

So the Legislation Status is now “Failed”. I am guessing it can be refiled as is next month (I have reached out for confirmation on that).

You can watch the video of the meeting on October 4th here: https://howardcounty.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=4747

The vote starts at the 3:46 mark of the video


Here is how things would change if this legislation is passed as written today:

EMPLOYERS:

  • EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2022, $14 PER HOUR;
  • EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2023, $15 PER HOUR;
  • EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2025, $16 PER HOUR;

SMALL EMPLOYERS:

  • EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2022, $13 PER HOUR;
  • EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2023, $14 PER HOUR;
  • EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2024, $15 PER HOUR;
  • EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2026, $16 PER HOUR;

HOWARD COUNTY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

  • EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2022, $15 PER HOUR;
  • EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2024, $16 PER HOUR;

Read the full details here: CB81-2021


In Maryland: The state’s general assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Maryland minimum wage increase. The Maryland minimum wage for 2021 is $11.75 for larger businesses and $11.60 for small businesses.

As part of the bill that was passed, the state minimum wage will gradually increase over time. The Maryland minimum wage is $15 per hour in 2025 for businesses with 15 or more employees, and in 2026 it will raise to $15 for businesses with 14 or fewer employees. The Maryland minimum wage increase schedule is as follows:

Date Employers with 15 or more Employers 14 or fewer
January 1, 2021 $11.75 $11.60
January 1, 2022 $12.50 $12.20
January 1, 2023 $13.25 $12.80
January 1, 2024 $14.00 $13.40
January 1, 2025 $15.00 $14.00
July 1, 2026 NA $15.00

This would change in Howard County in this way if the legislation is passed as written today (side by side look with the state):


In Montgomery County: In July of 2021 the County’s minimum wage rose to $15 for employers with 51 or more employees and $14 for employers with 50 or fewer employees; a small employer, with 10 or fewer employees, is required to pay $13.50 hourly. See informational notice here.


Here are some really good information resources for this article:

Howard County Council: https://apps.howardcountymd.gov/olis/LegislationDetail.aspx?LegislationID=12878

Square: https://squareup.com/us/en/townsquare/guide-to-maryland-minimum-wage

MinimumWage.org: https://www.minimum-wage.org/maryland

Maryland Association of Counties: https://conduitstreet.mdcounties.org/2021/06/29/montgomery-countys-minimum-wage-increases-july-1/

Vox.com: https://www.vox.com/2019/3/28/18285346/maryland-passes-15-minimum-wage

The Washington Informer: https://www.washingtoninformer.com/maryland-minimum-wage-set-to-increase-friday/

Montgomery County Government: https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=36638 

WBAL: https://www.wbaltv.com/article/maryland-minimum-wage-increase-takes-effect-january-1-2021/35098311

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If I get additional details I will update this article (or create a new one if necessary).

Scott E

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