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Maryland House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

March 2nd, 2019 by WCBC Radio

A measure to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $15 in 2025 has been approved by the House of Delegates. The House voted 96-44 Friday for the bill. It now goes to the Senate.

The measure raises the minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 over several years. It would rise to $11 next year. It would go up 75 cents each year to $14 in 2024 and reach $15 in 2025.

Supporters say it's needed for people who make minimum wage to cover basic necessities, but opponents say it will kill jobs. The House scaled back the initial proposal. A provision that would have automatically increased the minimum wage to keep up with inflation was cut out. Democrats who control the General Assembly have made the measure a priority this year.

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