Congresswoman Wants Raise for Tipped Workers Too

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Rep. Donna Edwards hopes Maryland will help inspire a federal minimum wage hike, but she says the minimum wage bill passed by the House of Delegates hurts tipped workers.

The bill sets the tipped minimum wage at $3.63 an hour. Currently it’s set at half the general minimum wage, so it rises with general increases.

Edwards, a Democrat, called on Maryland’s Senate to raise tipped workers’ base wage to $10.10 at a news conference Wednesday. The House bill would phase in a general increase from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2017.

Edwards says the restaurant industry grew even during the recession, so she doesn’t believe boosting tipped workers’ wages would devastate it.

She is co-sponsoring a federal bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 with gradual increases for tipped workers.

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