WTOP: Fight for $15: Md. lawmakers hear from both sides on boosting minimum wage

By Kate Ryan
WTOP FM, February 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — Efforts to get a $15 an hour minimum wage in Maryland by 2024 went into high gear Friday as members of a House panel heard from dozens of people on both sides of the issue. ...

The committee also heard from business owners who support the bill. Alissa Barron-Menza, vice president at Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, said her group represents businesses that support the “Fight for Fifteen.”

Barron-Menza said small businesses are already losing out to big-box stores who pay above the state minimum wage. Target and Costco pay close to $15 an hour, “Amazon, including Whole Foods, went to $15 in November,” she said. ...

Once House Bill 166 is voted on by the committee, it would be sent back to the House for a second reader.

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