January 2018 Around Town 1

Minimum Wage Raised to $15 an Hour in Montgomery County

At their November 6 meeting, the Montgomery County Council voted to raise the county’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, beginning in 2021 for businesses with more than 50 employees. Businesses with 11-50 employees must raise the wage by 2023 and businesses with 10 or fewer employees must do so by 2024. The bill was passed unanimously and signed by County Executive Ike Leggett.

“Montgomery County residents who work hard to support themselves and their families need and deserve yet another increase in the minimum wage,” Leggett said in a statement the day the bill was passed. “The question over the past year has been how much, within what time period, and how we mitigate possible negative impacts on our small businesses and on youth employment. Good intentions are not enough. That is why I vetoed the bill passed 5-4 by the council last January.

“Based on the changes from the original bill, what the County Council approved today is close enough to the conditions I laid down for my support that I will sign the measure into law.”

Montgomery County Awarded 
National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant

Montgomery County Public Libraries has received a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant in partnership with the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County; Montgomery Community Media; and the Gaithersburg Book Festival.

The Big Read goal is to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and spread the transformative power of literature into lives. The featured book, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu, tells the story of the immigrant experience in Montgomery County and the Washington metropolitan area. The book is available at local MCPL libraries in print and downloadable formats and for purchase at the FOLMC bookstores.

Big Read community events will be held from April to June 2018. A full calendar will be available at MontgomeryCountyMD.gov at a later date.

Mark J. Maier, Andrew Friedman join Shulman Rogers

Mark J. Maier has joined Shulman Rogers as Chair of the Government Contracts and Technology Transactions practice groups. Maier’s military, engineering and business background enables him to understand complex situations quickly and achieve his clients’ goals. With his extensive hands-on experience in the government and technology sectors, he delivers tremendous value in the negotiation of government and commercial contracts, developing cutting-edge technology and data services, monetizing intellectual property and winning bid protests.

Recently, Maier retired from the U.S. Army Reserves at the rank of colonel. He received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and his bachelor’s from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Washington D.C., Virginia and Massachusetts bars.

Andrew M. Friedman has joined Shulman Rogers to further enhance the firm’s White Collar, Securities Enforcement and Government Investigations practice group. Friedman brings more than 20 years of experience helping clients who are targets of investigations by the DOJ, the SEC, other federal agencies and the United States Congress. He has delivered positive outcomes for individuals, small and mid-sized companies and some of the largest corporations in the country.

Friedman received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and his bachelor’s from Brown University. He is a member of the Washington, D.C., and Virginia bars.

For more information on Shulman Rogers, visit ShulmanRogers.com.

Montgomery County Council Selects Marlene Michaelson as Next Council Administrator

The Montgomery County Council has selected Marlene Michaelson as the next Council Administrator, effective February 1. Michaelson, who has served for 29 years as the council’s senior analyst for planning issues, will succeed retiring Council Administrator Steve Farber, who was appointed in October 1991.

The council administrator, the principal adviser to the council, helps develop and implement the council’s policies and work program, oversees the council staff and represents the council on several county boards, including the investment boards of the county’s retirement plans.

Before coming to the council, Michaelson served from 1982-1988 as a senior financial analyst for Lane and Edson, P.C. in Washington, D.C. She has a master’s degree in city and regional planning with a concentration in finance from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in geography from State University of New York at Albany. She served for many years as president of the board of directors for Red Wiggler Community Farm.