A bill would enhance penalties for employers who pay their employees illegal wages or less than what they agreed to pay.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said that he supports an increase in the country’s minimum wage, noting his own break from many other Republicans who oppose such a hike.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has signed a measure to increase the state’s minimum wage in steps over several years.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said that she supports raising the minimum wage in the state of California to $26 an hour, adding that she doesn’t think such a hike would hurt small business owners.
Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic drive Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage, blocking a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s economic plans and ensuring the issue will be a major feature of this fall’s congressional elections.
An economic analyst says timetable changes made to Maryland’s minimum wage increase bill will mean $875 a year less in a full-time worker’s yearly earnings, compared to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s original plan.
On a busy final day of legislation in Maryland, lawmakers approved the decriminalization of marijuana and a hike in minimum wage.
The Maryland General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to incremental increases in the state’s minimum wage over several years to $10.10 by 2018 and to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession.
Maryland lawmakers will be putting finishing touches on a marijuana decriminalization bill and an increase in the minimum wage Monday on the last day of the state’s legislative session.
The Maryland Senate voted Saturday to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8 in January, the first in a series of incremental hikes that will lead to a $10.10 wage in July 2018.