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O’Malley Calls Minimum Wage Increase a Top Priority

January 16th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Governor Martin O'Malley has said boosting the minimum wage is the top priority of this year's legislative session. Tuesday night, O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown appeared at a rally with members of Raise Maryland, a group of union leaders, clergy and immigrant advocates that is pushing for the minimum wage. Matthew Hanson, campaign director of  Raise Maryland wants the minimum wage raised to $10.10 an hour, by 2016. It also wants the minimum wage tied to the federal inflation rate. It would also require that workers who earn tips be paid 70% of the minimum wage. Current law requires those workers be paid 50%. O'Malley appeared on stage at the rally with Brown and his running mate in his bid to succeed him, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. The governor’s main argument to hike the minimum wage is a simple- he says because  it’s the right thing to do.


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