Baltimore leaders back effort to raise Maryland's minimum wage

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.

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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.

Thursday's effort is just the latest in Maryland to garner support for increasing the state's minimum wage.

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.

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