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'People,' 'testified' and 'college' also were big in Nancy Navarro's budget statement.
High-profile Maryland bills on firearms and funding state transportation projects became law.
The plan includes tax increase, more cops in schools and more food resources for the poor.
A report by Pew Charitable Trusts found some areas in the Washington, DC suburbs benefit more from a controversial tax credit than any other place.
Montgomery County Council meets most Tuesdays in Rockville.
An outside company tallied the rate of job growth at 3.9 percent from 2010 to 2012, according to a report from county government.
The bill signing will be live-streamed over the Internet.
Councilman Philip Andrews, a vocal opponent of the raises, was the only dissenting vote.
Pundits have long speculated that Maryland's Gov. Martin O'Malley would compete for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.
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