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Congressman John Delaney Encouraged By Maryland Minimum Wage Hike

July 25th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Sixth District Congressman John Delaney says he was encouraged to see his home state approve legislation that will increase the minimum wage- he is still pushing for a federal hike. Maryland will join 21 states that, along with the District of Columbia, have set a rate above the federal minimum wage. Only Connecticut has adopted a rate as high as $10.10, effective in 2017. The Maryland law will phase in the increase, raising the minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $8 Jan. 1 and $8.25 on July 1, 2015. Subsequent increases will bring it to $8.75 on July 1, 2016, $9.25 on July 1, 2017, and $10.10 on the same date in 2018. Delaney says that increasing the wage on a national level is one of the more effective ways to address the growing poverty rate


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