$15 Minimum Wage
The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill (and overrode Hogan's Veto) that puts Maryland on a path to reach a $15-per-hour minimum wage by 2025.
Pamela Wood in the Sun does a great wrap, including the timetable for forcing the governor to act on the bill – veto or not – in time for the Assembly to override a possible veto in this session.
Progressive forces didn’t get everything we wanted in this bill, as Larry Stafford, Progressive Maryland’s executive director, points out in the article. "It's not perfect, but we got a victory," Stafford said. At the end, the House pushed back on the Senate’s attempt to string out the raise for businesses under 15 employees (that’s three-quarters of all Maryland businesses) and shortened the timetable for that.
Probably the biggest gaps in the new bill are leaving tipped workers behind (to earn as little as $3.63 an hour plus what luck brings them), carving out agricultural and youth workers, and failing to include automatic indexing based on the cost of living after $15 is reached. That means fighting the same fight all over again in 2025.
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FF$15 coalition urges improved minimum wage bill at news conference
Lisanti must resign, and we need a "Clean $15" for all
A $15 minimum wage should be REALLY statewide – everybody in, nobody out