MD Minimum Wage Hike Inches Forward, Hike for New Castle County Employees

Mar 4, 2014

Credit Don Rush

A Maryland legislative panel voted yesterday to raise the state

Minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years.  

But they turned back an effort to index it to compensate for future inflation.

In addition, lawmakers delayed the implementation of the hikes by six months from June 1st to January 1st.

The vote in the House Economic matters Committee was 13-to-8.

Meanwhile, the committee voted to freeze the minimum wage for tipped workers at $3.63 an hour and to require the employers to make up the difference if the employee did not make enough in tips.

New Castle

New Castle County employees who earn the minimum wage will get an increase to $10.10 an hour.

County Executive Tom Gordon is expected to sign the executive order today.

The increase will cost the county around $100-thousand a year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that at any given time there are around 20 to 50 employees out of the county’s 19-hundred who earn the minimum wage.

The hike will go into effect July 1st at the start of the fiscal year.

Meanwhile, Governor Jack Markell signed a measure that raises the minimum was in Delaware in 50 cent increases beginning with $7.75 an hour...on June 1st and will go up to $8.25 an hour a year later.