City Council may consider proposals to increase to $15 per hour.
Will Baltimore Raise Its Minimum Wage?
Baltimore mayoral candidates have included plans to increase the city’s minimum wage in their campaign platforms, but the issue may heat up before the November election. The Baltimore Business Journal reports that Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke is preparing legislation to raise the minimum wage in the city and Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young supports the idea.
Clarke’s bill is still being drafted, but a bill calling for a minimum wage raise to $15 per hour is expected soon. This comes after Maryland already passed a gradual statewide increase in 2014. The first increase—from the federal rate of $7.25 up to $8—took effect on Jan. 1, 2015, followed by a bump up to $8.25 on July 1, 2015. The next increase, up to $8.75, is scheduled for July 1 of this year, and the final rate will land at $10.10 per hour in 2018.
This will be an issue to watch over the coming weeks and months.