Washington Post: Maryland House gives initial approval to $15 minimum wage

By Arelis R. Hernandez
Washington Post, Feb 27, 2019

The Maryland House of Delegates gave initial approval Wed­nesday to legislation requiring a $15 minimum wage, a priority for progressive Democrats that failed to advance to the House floor in previous years. ...

Other business leaders say they favor a higher wage, believing that it can reduce turnover and boost worker productivity.

“A low-wage model makes it harder to hire and retain employees when they can go elsewhere and make more,” said Alissa ­Barron-Menza, vice president of the group Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. “It locks in poverty in already depressed communities.” ...

The bill would require employers to increase the current $10.10 minimum to $11.00 in January 2020. The wage would then increase by 75 cents each January through 2025.

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