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By Julia March
Politico, Feb 28, 2023

... BUSINESSES FOR MINIMUM WAGE: A new coalition of hundreds of businesses and business organizations on Tuesday said it would push for raising the minimum wage and indexing further increases to inflation.

The group New York Business for a Fair Minimum Wage said of supporting a bill in the Legislature, called the Raise the Wage Act: “When people earn more as workers, they can afford to spend more as customers. Minimum wage increases go right back into the economy as spending at local businesses.”

—  By Joseph Spector

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The MoCo Show: Governor Moore Testifies in House Hearings in Support of the Fair Wage Act

By Patrick Herron
The MoCo Show, Feb 28, 2023

Per the State of Maryland (2.27.23): Governor Wes Moore hosted a community round table at the State House and testified in the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee Hearing in support of the Fair Wage Act, presented as HB 549. The legislation accelerates the planned increase to a $15 minimum wage, fully implementing the increase for all covered employers as of October 1, 2023.

“I believe that we can be a state that lifts up both workers and businesses. I believe that we can help families thrive economically, and help...

The Intersection Magazine: Maryland Business Leaders Met With Gov. Moore To Discuss Fair Wage Act

By Delonte Harrod
The Intersection Magazine, Feb 28, 2023

Before Gov. Wes Moore went and testified before the Maryland House of Economic Matters Committee at 1 p.m. on Feb. 27, he met with business leaders and an employee, Antonia Brown, to hear about the importance of passing the Fair Wage Act (HB549). The Fair Wage Act would help to speed up the state of reaching the $15 minimum wage point by Oct. 1, 2023. ...

Other attendees included: Carmalita Marshall, funeral director and embalmer at March Funeral Homes, Michael Lastoria, founder and CEO of &Pizza...

WMDT (47ABC): Maryland business leaders testify in support of minimum wage to go to $15 in October

By Deja Parker
WMDT (47ABC) Delmarva, Feb 27, 2023

In Maryland, the question on the table is will minimum wage go up to $15.00 an hour sooner than intended. Many business owners went to the State House to testify in support of the measure. The Fair Wage Act of 2023 would lift the minimum wage to $15.00 in October. ... One business owner, Courtney Sunborn for Ecolostic Cleaning says she supports the bill because she’s been paying more than the minimum for years now.

She says it creates a better cycle for happy workers. “[The] employees...

CBS Baltimore: Maryland Gov. Moore, lawmakers discuss expediting $15 minimum wage

By Ava-Joye Burnett
CBS Baltimore, WJZ,Feb 27, 2023

Maryland is supposed to get to a $15 minimum wage by January 2025. Now, Gov. Wes Moore and several lawmakers want to expedite the process to get to that minimum wage increase sooner.

Those who support the minimum wage increase tell WJZ it is important to do this now because inflation has had an impact on how far money stretches, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporters also said that higher wages make them more competitive, it cuts back on turnover of new employees, and...

ABC 7News: Gov. Moore urges raising Maryland's minimum wage to $15/hour now, instead of in 2025

By Brad Bell
ABC 7News, Annapolis, Feb 27, 2023

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (7News) — At the Rise Up coffee shop in Annapolis, the notion of raising Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour this year instead in 2025 is a popular one among those making the lattes.

“It’s really important to support small businesses in the community and if that means putting money into the little guy I think it’ll eventually work out for everyone in the long run,” says Tyler a worker at the coffee shop. ...

[Governor Wes] Moore hosted an unusual public discussion featuring union... Olszewski to testify in favor of bill that would raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 per hour

By Chris Montcalmo, Feb 27, 2023 

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will testify before the Economic Matters Committee on Monday and share support for the Fair Wage Act of 2023 (HB-549).

This legislation would accelerate the state’s $15-per-hour minimum wage, fully implementing that wage for all covered employers as of October 1 instead of 2026 as currently required. In addition, the Fair Wage Act would index the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index beginning on July 1, 2025 ...

County Executive Olszewski, Maryland Governor Wes Moore, [Economic Policy Institute] Senior Economist Elise Gould, Business for a Fair Minimum...

Portland News: Minimum wage in US will increase this year

By Finny Adams
Portland News, Feb 6, 2023

... In 26 states, higher minimum wages for this year have been announced. ...

According to Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, boosting the minimum wage can also enhance consumer demand.

The local economy will be able to rebound as a result.

“Putting needed raises in minimum wage workers’ pockets [is] really the most efficient way you can boost the economy,” said Sklar.

“Those are the people who have to go right back around and spend it.” ...

Read more Are you paying a living wage?

By Adam Uzialko, Updated Jan 23, 2023

Employees who earn enough to get by improve performance and overall business.

Paying a “living wage” requires more than just meeting state and federal minimum wage requirements. Living in certain communities is more expensive and requires people to earn more to sustain basic life necessities. ...

“When you’re setting something like the federal minimum wage, you want to consider the averages,” said Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, an advocacy group that supports gradually raising the floor. “When talking federally, it’s a floor that’s...

New York Times: How Restaurant Workers Help Pay for Lobbying to Keep Their Wages Low

By David A. Fahrenthold and Talmon Joseph Smith
New York Times, Jan. 17, 2023

For many cooks, waiters and bartenders, it is an annoying entrance fee to the food-service business: Before starting a new job, they pay around $15 to a company called ServSafe for an online class in food safety.

That course is basic, with lessons like “bathe daily” and “strawberries aren’t supposed to be white and fuzzy, that’s mold.” In four of the largest states, this kind of training is required by law, and it is taken by workers nationwide.

But in taking the class, the...