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Baltimore City Council moves to raise minimum wage

The Baltimore City Council hopes to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

On Monday, February 6, lead sponsor Mary Pat Clarke joins with colleagues and Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young in introducing Bill 17-0018: “City Minimum Wage” to achieve $15 by 2022 for working Baltimoreans.

According to Councilwoman Clarke, “This legislation protects our smallest businesses from burdensome annual increases and sets our local workforce on the path to self-sufficiency.”

City Council President Young thanked Councilwoman Clarke for her efforts to raise Baltimore’s minimum wage responsibly.

“I worked cooperatively with the sponsor of the bill on a compromise piece of legislation that will allow Baltimore to lead the state as an example of how to put workers first. I look forward to supporting the bill as introduced.”

Bill 17-0018 proposes to raise the City’s minimum wage in incremental steps to $15 by 2022. Small businesses of fewer than 50 employees are given a longer schedule in which to achieve $15 by 2026, in annual increases of 60-cents a year. The City will follow the State’s minimum wage schedule until July 1, 2018, affording all employers a year-and-a-half to prepare for local wage increases.


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