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House of Delegates Gives Preliminary Approval to $15/Hr Wage

February 28th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland House of Delegates gave preliminary approval to the bill which would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but slowed the timetable. The House proposal now would establish that rate, incrementally, by the year 2025, instead of 2023.  If approved this week, the measure would be forwarded to the Senate next week. District 1 State Senator George Edwards says the proposal could be devastating to the local economy…

2 Responses to “House of Delegates Gives Preliminary Approval to $15/Hr Wage”

  1. February 28, 2019 at 7:47 am, mac said:

    Let’s look at this in concrete terms.
    If a local, small business has 6 employees an immediate jump of $1 per hour would raise his payroll cost by $240 each week. That figure is assuming that each employee works 40 hours per week. Each employee, therefore, earns $40 more each week prior to taxes.
    Local businesses liken this to immediate bankruptcy and closure, they are, after all only concerned with the welfare of those they employ. I think not.


    • February 28, 2019 at 2:09 pm, Robert said:

      I agree with your comment but would like to add my opinion to complement yours. Theres old adge that goes, “my take home pay won’t even take me home”! Its my personal opinion that any business that can’t afford to pay their employees a decent living wage should either run the business themselves or find another line of work or business. My father & mother ran their small store them selves & couldn’t afford to hire anyone to help run it but it stayed in business for two generations (over 75 yrs) I worked for the carpenters, piledrivers local in Baltimore for 20 years & I was making $15.00 an hour 32 yrs ago & Maryland hasn’t caught up yet & some are fighting against it. It WILL PASS! The politicians from this backward, poorest city in Maryland will not prevail over the more progressive democratic majority in Annapolis. btw most of the businesses in Allegany County are in Lavale & they are finding ways to offset the higher wages even before wages go up. Some have raised their prices at least a year ago & some e.g., McDonalds are installing order stations outside & inside thereby eliminating cashiers & some restaurants (not here yet) are starting to use Robots for servers who actually work more for tips & most do better than $15.00


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