Excerpt: "The business owners with whom I talk every day believe that ... raising the minimum wage in fact helps small businesses. ... While some try to portray a minimum wage increase as a fight between business and workers, raising the minimum wage is in reality good for both."
According to a recent poll, 79 percent of Maryland voters believe the minimum wage should be raised to $8.25 in 2011 and increased to $10 by the year 2013.
Support was very strong across the political spectrum, with 89 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans favoring an increase – as did 62 percent of those who identify as Tea Party voters.