Minimum Wage Increase
Pushing for higher pay. The governor backs a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage by almost $3–but some business owners say that could backfire.
Supporters of a higher minimum wage plan to rally in Annapolis, but business owner Mark Pringle says higher wages would mean higher prices at his ice cream shops.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is calling for an increase in the state’s minimum wage to at least $10 per hour.
The D.C. Council could vote as early as December on a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by July 2016, one of the nation’s highest, according to a key councilmember.
Maryland’s minimum wage earners say they need a raise and some state lawmakers agree. A bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 by 2015 was taken up Thursday by the Senate Finance Committee.
There are growing calls across the country and right here in Maryland to raise the minimum wage. Struggling families are making an emotional plea to politicians.