Advocates for raising the minimum wage in Montgomery County blasted a study released last week that claims the county would lose approximately 47,000 jobs by 2022 if it raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “This report cost Montgomery County taxpayers nearly $150,000, but isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on," said Justin Vest, Lead Organizer for Progressive Maryland. "Instead of engaging economists or policy experts, County Executive Leggett hired a consulting firm that helps public employers cut costs to tell us all that the sky will fall if Montgomery County gradually raises pay for working people. Montgomery County Council members should disregard this sham study as they debate the merits of a $15 minimum wage." Mark MacCarthy, Coordinator of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church's Working Group on Economic Justice said that “The study is not objective economic analysis, but the recycled opinions of employers."