A minimum wage compromise for Maryland

Originally published in the Baltimore Sun

Thomas A. Firey Mar 7, 2019

Maryland’s House of Delegates just voted to raise the state's minimum wage, and the legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration. If you’re thinking, “Didn’t we just raise the minimum wage?” You’re right — it rose to $10.10 per hour last July. That follows increases in 2017, 2016 and two in 2015 in accordance with a 2014 state law.


The new legislation would raise the wage to $15 an hour by 2025 — the latest amount that proponents say will lift Marylanders out of poverty and promote social justice. Opponents respond that such an increase will increase unemployment for low-skilled workers who already face heavy disadvantages. Proponents, in turn, deny that will happen.

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