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Council President Roger Berliner is featured guest on Council's Radio America Show on Friday, Aug. 4

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 4, 2017

Council President Roger Berliner is

Featured Guest on

Council’s Radio America Show

Friday, August 4 at 2:30 p.m. on WACA 1540 AM,

Berliner will discuss transportation, public safety and the

minimum wage 


ROCKVILLE, Md., August 3, 2017—Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner, who chairs the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, will be the featured guest at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 4 on En Sintonía con el Concejo del Conado de Montgomery (Tuned in with the Montgomery County Council), a weekly show on Radio America (WACA 1540AM).  Friday’s pre-recorded show, which originally aired on July 24, will include a discussion about public policy issues that impact County residents.

Council President Berliner will talk about the future of the Purple Line, his recent efforts to oppose a new Potomac River bridge crossing, and public transportation options in the County.  He will also be joined by representatives from the Montgomery County Police Department to discuss the recent increase in gang related violence and the steps that are being taken to reverse this trend.

On Tuesday, July 24 the Council introduced Bill 28-17, Human Rights and Civil Liberties – County Minimum Wage – Amount – Annual Adjustment, that would increase the County minimum wage for many workers to $15 per hour by 2020 and require the Chief Administrative Officer to adjust the County minimum wage rate each year. Bill 28-17 is similar to the one enacted by the Council in January that was subsequently vetoed by the County Executive.   Council President Berliner will discuss the potential impact of Bill 28-17 and describe the legislative process. 

The minimum wage is $11.50 per hour in Montgomery County.  Currently there are no requirements in County law for further minimum wage increases. 

The Council and Radio America have entered a partnership that provides the Latino community with key information on County issues and programs. The partnership includes a weekly one-hour show each Friday on the Washington metropolitan area’s most popular Spanish language station. Lilian Mass is the show’s host.  In addition to public policy discussions, the show provides a forum for residents to express their views and ask questions.

In addition to the radio broadcast, the show can be heard via the Internet at: .

Video links with a summary of the show are available each week at the County Council’s mobile friendly web site at: .


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Release ID: 17-243
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926