ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Gov. Martin O’Malley officially signed Maryland’s new minimum law on Monday, which would raise the rate to $10.10 an hour by 2018.
“For the last eight years, the O’Malley-Brown administration’s North Star has been strengthening Maryland’s middle class and helping to lift families out of poverty. That’s why the Lt. Governor and I led the fight to raise the minimum wage,” said O’Malley in a statement. “Working together with members of the General Assembly and Maryland’s congressional delegation, we brought people together and forged consensus to increase the minimum wage to $10.10. This will boost the incomes of hundreds of thousands of hardworking Marylanders and inject millions of dollars into our State’s economy.”
Maryland joins 21 states and the District of Columbia with minimum wage rates higher than the federal level of $7.25 per hour.
O’Malley also signed a bill to expand the refundable earned income tax credit from 25 percent to 28 percent over the next four years. In addition, O’Malley signed a bill that requires all school construction projects that cost more than $500,000 and receive funding of 25 percent or more from the state to pay workers the “prevailing wage” – a wage that reflects pay workers commonly receive in the project area.