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Baltimore leaders back effort to raise Maryland's minimum wage
4:33 PM, Sep 5, 2013
4:34 PM, Sep 5, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. - City leaders are joining with activists and low-wage workers to announce support for increasing Maryland's minimum wage.
The group, which includes Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Council President Jack Young, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, Del. Curt Anderson and state Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell are supporting a bill that will be introduced in Annapolis would incrementally increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016.
A news release sent out by supporters, cites a study by the Economic Policy Institute, which found this increase would raise pay for 472,000 working Marylanders, inject $466 million into Maryland's economy, and create 4,060 jobs in the state.
The state's minimum wage has been at $7.25 per hour since 2009. This translates to minimum-wage workers earning just $15,080 a year for full-time, year-round work.
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is calling for the minimum wage to be increased to $10 an hour within the next two years. Also, Del. Keith E. Haynes (D-44) announced that he plans to introduce legislation which will increase the Maryland's minimum wage to $12.50 per hour.