Minimum Wage Hike to $10.10 by 2018 Approved

The Maryland Senate and House have approved a minimum wage bill, which now heads to Gov. Martin O'Malley to sign into law.

Maryland's minimum wage will increase to $10.10 an hour by 2018 under a bill approved by the General Assembly. File|Patch
Maryland's minimum wage will increase to $10.10 an hour by 2018 under a bill approved by the General Assembly. File|Patch

Legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2018 was approved by the Maryland General Assembly Monday, reports CapitalGazette.com.

The House of Delegates voted 87-47 Monday to give final approval to increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8 in January, according to an Associated Press story. It would rise to $8.25 in July 2015; $8.75 in July 2016; $9.25 in July 2017 and $10.10 in July 2018.

The vote sends the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley to sign into law, who made the measure a priority this legislative session.

Senators rejected more than 15 amendments to the bill on Friday before approving it, including increasing the minimum wage for tipped workers and reducing the amount the minimum wage would be hiked to $8.25. Lawmakers were hesitant to vote for amendments because they feared that would harm its chances to pass by Monday’s end of the General Assembly. 

The O’Malley administration supports a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

Before it passed the House, O’Malley’s proposal was stripped of a provision that would have indexed the wage to inflation after it hits $10.10. A proposed minimum wage hike for tipped workers was also removed.

The bill includes a provision allowing employers to pay workers younger than 19 a training wage — 85 percent of the minimum wage — during their first six months.

Opponents say a higher minimum wage would burden small businesses and kill jobs. Supporters argue the measure will help Maryland’s low-wage workers better provide for their families and build savings.

“It is the right step to take economically,” O’Malley said last month at a hearing. “If we want a stronger economy, if we want more customers for businesses, if we want economic growth, then we should raise the minimum wage.”

Statements from Attorney General Doug Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown last month said that an increase in the minimum wage would pull many full-time workers who earn the base pay, and their families, above the federal poverty line.

But many other small business owners and representatives from companies like DavCo Restaurants, which operates more than 150 Wendy’s restaurants in the region, said a minimum wage hike would seriously hurt them, forcing them to cut jobs and potentially shut down.

Many called the governor’s bill extreme, arguing that an increase to $10.10 an hour would come as a shock to businesses.

guyblur April 09, 2014 at 04:59 PM
I’m sure you don’t need me to point out when you’re wrong. You seem to be suggesting that any form of employment, any amount of pay (a penny an hour?) is better than nothing. That is morally wrong. You could make that same argument in favor of sweatshops. I’m sure desperate people in India count on sweatshops to survive. It’s still wrong. P.S. You’re still struggling with net jobs. The net job loss is the difference between the number of jobs created vs. those lost due to raising the minimum wage. It’s not the number of minimum wage jobs vs. the number of applicants. Rather than a shortage, there are many industries where employers must work very hard to keep those positions filled. We have a minimum wage job surplus. It’s like your musical chairs reference, except imagine that we have more chairs than we need and people are continuously vacating chairs.
McGibblets April 09, 2014 at 05:48 PM
You're arguing that you can have a net loss in jobs yet create more jobs by doing so? If there are, for example 20 jobs lost and 10 created that would be a net loss of 10 jobs. Tell those 10 newly unemployed that there are more jobs out there for them all the while telling them there are more lost than created (i.e. net loss).
guyblur April 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM
That's not what I'm arguing. One last try: For example: There are 100 jobs, and you pass new legislation that gains 5 jobs but causes 10 jobs to be cut. That is a net job loss of 5 jobs. Question: How can any of the 10 laid-off employees find work since we have a net loss of 5 jobs? Answer: There are still 95 jobs (100 + 5 - 10 = 95), many of which are unfilled at any given time. See? Hey, I noticed you didn't rebut your "pro sweatshop" argument.
MG42 June 04, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Let's just make minimum wage $100/hour so these morons can more clearly see the unintended effects of their absurd social engineering policies.


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