Bill Could Raise Maryland's Minimum Wage

- WHAG NEWS - The House Economic Matter Committee is expected to vote on a bill Monday that would increase Maryland's minimum wage. 

The bill would increase the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour by 2016. It would also raise tipped workers from 50 to 70 percent of the state's base pay.

In the bill summary it specifies that, unless the federal minimum wage is set at a higher rate, the minimum wage of the State is $8.20 per hour effective July 1, 2014. As of July 1, 2015 the State minimum wage increases to $9.15 per hour, and as of July 1, 2015 minimum wage will increase again to $10.10 per hour. 

Supporters of the bill believe increasing the minimum wage would stimulate the economy. While opponents say the increase could result in lower-income workers losing their jobs, and businesses having to close. 

If the bill passes, it will head to the Maryland Senate. 

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