Baltimore City Council continues fight for $15 minimum wage

Posted at 9:38 AM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 18:02:57-05

Baltimore City Council members will introduce a bill to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2022.

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke is scheduled to join Council President Bernard "Jack" Young to discuss the "City Minimum Wage" bill at a City Council meeting Monday.

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."

The city will follow the state's minimum wage schedule until July 1, 2018, giving all employers a year-and-a-half to prepare for local wage increases.

Starting next summer, the proposal would increase hourly pay in incremental steps, reaching $15 in the year 2022.

Currently, the state's minimum wage is $8.75 an hour.

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