Battle Over Minimum Wage Continues In Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Legislators plan to meet with Gov. Martin O’Malley’s staff to deal with a roadblock in the Senate’s minimum wage bill. They want to proportionately increase wages for state workers who help people with developmental disabilities.

Sen. Thomas Middleton, D-Charles, who chairs the Finance Committee, said Thursday that he expects to resolve the matter by the day’s end, but won’t move the minimum wage bill before it’s fixed.

Middleton says Del. Guy Guzzone, D-Howard, will also attend with two members of O’Malley’s staff.

The state provides the disabled with help with grocery shopping, housekeeping, bathing and other basic tasks. It pays the workers $9.82 an hour on average. Middleton wants to ensure they average at least 35 percent more than minimum wage, even if minimum wage goes up to $10.10.

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