February 2, 2014
Raising the minimum wage is all the rage among liberal Democrats and liberal advocacy groups. Listening to them it’s clear a much higher minimum will dramatically close the income inequity gap. Columnist Barry Rascovar explores the downside of upping the minimum wage, and offers a better alternative. [...more]
November 20, 2013
State Senate leaders told a business group Wednesday that they expected to see some sort of small business tax relief in the coming legislative session, possibly coupled with an increase in the minimum wage. [...more]
November 13, 2013
Progressive Democrats are using new polling results to continue their push for increasing Maryland's minimum wage to $10 an hour, while they reject attempts to lower corporate taxes. A minimum wage hike and corporate tax cut are being discussed by General Assembly leaders ahead of the 2014 session. [...more]
September 8, 2013
Throughout his two terms as governor, Martin O'Malley has portrayed himself in words and deeds as a champion of Maryland's working class. He's a neo-New Dealer who sees his political future through the lens of becoming known as "the working family's governor."
Now O'Malley has joined the Democratic stampede to support a major jump in the state's minimum wage. He has also made it clear he won't be sponsoring any bills to lower Maryland's corporate income tax as a sop to the business community. [...more]
March 21, 2013
A bill to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $10 an hour died in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday. It was defeated in an 8-3 vote with several senators explaining that they opposed the legislation in spite of their sympathy for low-wage workers because the timing was not right for a wage increase. [...more]
March 10, 2013
An initiative to raise minimum wage to $10 an hour in two years promises to be among the most controversial economic issues debated at the Maryland General Assembly this year. Sponsored by Sen. Rob Garagiola, D-Montgomery, and Del. Aisha Braveboy, D-Prince George’s, the initiative would reshape the state’s job market for low income workers.
February 27, 2013
An overwhelming 82% of Maryland voters support a proposal to force all employers to provide paid sick days based upon the number of hours worked, according to a poll done for the Jobs Opportunities Task Force. This poll comes in advance of hearings Wednesday on several pieces of legislation that seek to expand worker’s rights and increase employers’ obligations [...more]
March 4, 2011
A proposal to increase Maryland’s minimum wage was both applauded and condemned in front of the Senate Finance Committee by economists, business owners, lobbyists and employees on Thursday. [...more]
February 8, 2011
Minimum wage would increase to nearly $10 an hour through a bill that Majority Leader Robert Garagiola planned to introduce in the Senate on Monday.
The bill, which had 15 co-sponsors by Monday afternoon, would incrementally increase minimum wage from its current $7.25 up to close to $10 by 2013, a 35% increase over three years. It also would boost pay for employees who earn tips from half to 70% of minimum wage, and would add overtime and inflation provisions for other employees. [...more]