Minimum Wage Increase Picking Up Steam

“As Minority Leader you learn the difference between a light at the end of the tunnel and a train coming the other way. Minimum wage is coming down this track,” Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley said, during last week’s Maryland Business Reception sponsored by the Maryland Chamber. 

Governor Martin O’Malley released his legislative package earlier this week and it includes a proposal to raise Maryland’s minimum wage. The plan would increase the minimum wage to from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by 2016, with annual increases indexed to the Consumer Price Index beginning in 2017.  

“There will be some debate and obviously I think there will be a minimum wage bill passed at the end of the year,” House Speaker Michael Busch said. There are several minimum wage bills that the Chamber’s Employment Issues Committee is reviewing. The Governor’s bill is SB 331/HB 295

For more information, contact Deriece Pate Bennett at dpatebennett@mdchamber.org

Legislative Issues Tag: Employment Issues

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