Just two weeks are left before the end of the legislative session in Annapolis, and the Governor’s proposal to raise the minimum wage is stuck in a Senate committee. Advocates for the wage hike are ratcheting up the pressure on key lawmakers to move the bill along.
Gov. Martin O’Malley met with small business owners yesterday at Linemark, a printing company in Upper Marlboro. He was there to tout his plan to raise the state’s minimum wage and talk with business owners from around the state.
A coalition of faith leaders, anti-poverty advocates and workers gathered at St. Vincent DePaul in Baltimore Monday to rally behind efforts to raise Maryland’s minimum wage. In addition to leaders from churches, synagogues and mosques, speakers also included Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Sen. Ben Cardin, and Gov. Martin O’Malley.
“No man or woman should work 16-hour days, play by the rules, work hard, and have to raise their children in poverty,” Gov. Martin O’Malley told the crowd of about 100 people.
The House of Delegates moved forward the governor’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016. Over the two hours of debate on Wednesday, lawmakers proposed 15 amendments to the bill, but only one passed.
But the version of the bill the delegates debated and approved differs in major ways from what the governor proposed. The House Economic Matters Committee voted to strip two key provisions before passing the measure to the full chamber.