Baltimore City councilwoman continues fight for $15 minimum wage

Fight for $15
Posted at 7:31 PM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 06:48:28-05

Earlier this year the Baltimore City councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke’s minimum wage bill fell short of the required votes.

After one of the largest and youngest turnovers of the city council in years, she's ready to take another shot. 

Clarke's proposal is to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the city by the year 2022. She announced her intention Tuesday at a rally in North Baltimore with nursing home workers.

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She hopes Baltimore will follow the recent example of other cities and states to raise the minimum wage locally.

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"We're in trouble and we're in trouble already because half of Baltimore or a good portion of Baltimore, our working people can't afford to support their families on what they are earning. That is ridiculous, it makes for a divided city, it makes for pain and it makes for disunity," the councilwoman said.

Clarke said she will begin working with the returning and new members of the city council to draft her new bill before she introduces it early next year.

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