Delmarva Now: What a $15 minimum wage in Maryland would mean for the Eastern Shore

By Sara Swann
Salisbury Daily Times for Delmarva Now, Feb 21, 2019

... Democratic lawmakers in Maryland are pushing for a landmark minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2023. ... The reason for this latest push for a higher minimum wage, advocates say, is because $10.10 per hour doesn't go far enough to cover living expenses.

Bringing the rate up to $15 an hour would ... allow for additional spending, which would strengthen the economy, said Alissa Barron-Menza, vice president of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.

"We want to see a minimum wage that allows people working full-time to not only meet the basics, but we want to strengthen business and strengthen the economy by putting more money in the hands of working people," Barron-Menza said.

Workers are also customers, Barron-Menza said, so if workers are paid more, then they will also spend more.

Paying lower-wage employees more money will also boost workplace morale and lower employee turnover rates, she said. This will benefit overall efficiency and lower costs associated with employee hiring and training.

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