WTOP: Montgomery Co. officials celebrate minimum wage boost

By Kate Ryan
WTOP News, July 1, 2021

Political leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland, joined with civic and labor groups to celebrate the $15 an hour minimum wage law that’s taken effect as of July 1. ...

Scott Nash, CEO of the MOM’s Organic Market grocery chain, supported the push for a $15 minimum wage. His firm, which has 1,300 employees, is headquartered in Montgomery County. Nash explained that he’s been paying the $15 hourly rate and other grocers lost employees to his business.

“We believe that a higher minimum wage makes for a better employee because it reduces stress,” he added.

“I’ll be honest, paying more money makes me more money,” he said, explaining that better employee retention means lower retraining costs, and that satisfied workers lead to satisfied customers.

“...I know when the middle class expands, it helps me and my finances,” he said. ...

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