GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Rep. John Delaney is planning to push for a minimum wage increase in Maryland.

Delaney said Monday raising the minimum wage is one of the most direct ways of helping working families succeed while also improving Maryland’s economy.

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The congressman says 19 states have a higher minimum wage than Maryland, and many of them have a lower cost of living.
Maryland’s current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. An effort to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2015 failed to pass a Senate committee in this year’s legislative session.

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Supporters said low-wage workers are in desperate need of a raise and that higher wages would increase consumer spending.

But opponents said it would drive up employer costs to create higher prices for consumers and possible layoffs.

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