Tue February 18, 2014
MD Gov. Pushes Minimum Wage Hike, GOP Hopeful Wants Tax Cuts
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is already moving toward a "two-tier" minimum wage system, where counties will set their own minimums. But Gov. Martin O'Malley says he wants $10.10 to be the statewide minimum and let counties raise it from there.
O'Malley was arguing for the wage increase Monday before the Senate Finance Committee.
He said $10.10 is "pretty modest," considering the effects of inflation since 1968. The minimum wage that year would be $10.70 in today's economy, according to one measurement of inflation. Another puts it at $9.50.
Later on Monday, lawmakers and others repeated arguments similar to those presented last week at the House Economic Matters Committee.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said last week he wants the House to prass a minimum wage bill before the Senate votes on one.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Harford County Executive David Craig is scheduled to announce a tax cut proposal as part of his campaign seeking the Republican nomination for governor in Maryland.
Craig has scheduled a news conference on Tuesday in Annapolis.
Maryland Republicans in the race have been regular critics of tax increases in recent years under Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley's administration.