Monday, January 23, 2017

Md. lawmaker's bill would stop local governments from raising minimum wage

The Baltimore City Council [along with Montgomery County and all other counties in Maryland] may lose its [their] authority to raise the minimum wage if a state legislator has his way this spring.

Citing a need to help keep Maryland businesses competitive regionally and nationally, Del. Dereck E. Davis said he plans to file a bill by the end of this week that would would pre-empt local governments from passing minimum wage bills by making wages and benefits the domain of the state. Davis made the announcement at a legislative forum hosted by the Greater Baltimore Committee on Monday.

Davis acknowledged his bill be "controversial." His proposal comes after the Montgomery County Council voted last week to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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