minimum wage

Local News
8:36 am
Tue May 6, 2014

MD Minimum Wage Signed into Law

Credit Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a measure to increase the state's minimum wage in steps over several years.

O'Malley, a Democrat who made the bill a priority of his last legislative session as governor, signed the measure Monday in Annapolis.

The state's minimum wage will rise from $7.25 an hour to $8 in January. The hourly wage will reach $8.25 in July 2015 and $8.75 in July 2016. It will go up to $9.25 in July 2017 and $10.10 in July 2018.

Read more
Local News
12:36 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Countdown to Midnight for MD Legislature

Credit creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will be putting finishing touches on measures related to marijuana and an increase in the minimum wage on the last day of the state's legislative session.

The session is scheduled to end at midnight Monday.

The House of Delegates approved a marijuana decriminalization bill on Saturday. The state Senate approved a similar bill earlier, but there are some changes senators would have to approve to send the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Read more
Local News
1:47 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Minimum Wage Bill Out of MD Committe, But With Changes

Credit Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has made some substantial changes to a measure to raise the state's minimum wage.

The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday.

In one of the biggest changes, community-based workers who work with the developmentally disabled would get paid more over several years in order to keep their pay above minimum wage.

Read more
Local News
8:36 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Push to Hike Salaries of Care Givers for Disabled Patients

Senator Thomas Middleton (D-Charles County)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - People with developmental disabilities are urging the governor's office and Sen. Thomas Middleton to give their caregivers a raise at the same time they raise Maryland's general minimum wage.

More than 200 disabled residents and caregivers came to Annapolis Wednesday afternoon to give the measure an extra push. After crowding the meeting room of the Senate Finance Committee, a small delegation met with the governor's chief of staff.

Read more
Local News
8:23 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Boosting Wages of Those Caring for the Disabled in Maryland

Credit disbled universal symbol

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - People who provide care for the disabled are coming to Annapolis to push for an increase in direct care rates, if Maryland increases the state's minimum wage.

Advocates are planning on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to boost the wages of people who provide direct care to the disabled, along with any minimum wage increase.

The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing on a minimum wage hike that already has passed the House of Delegates. It would phase in a minimum wage increase from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2017.

Read more
Local News
9:27 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Rally For Minimum Wage Hike in Maryland

Credit Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Gov. Martin O'Malley will meet with the owner and employees of a Catonsville cafe for a minimum wage rally.

The rally starts at 1 p.m. Thursday at Atwater's, a bakery and cafe. The owner, Ned Atwater, pays employees more than the current minimum wage of $7.25, according to a news release from a group advocating a minimum wage hike.

The group expects a turnout of more than 50 minimum wage supporters.


Read more
Local News
8:35 am
Wed March 19, 2014

MD Senate Committee Takes Up Minimum Wage Hike

Governor Martin O'Malley
Credit official photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A workgroup from Maryland's Senate Finance Committee is set to take up its minimum wage bill.

The measure would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by the 2016 fiscal year. The House passed a similar bill on March 7, but in the House's version, the rate wouldn't reach $10.10 until the beginning of 2017, and in the future it would not be tied to inflation.

The Senate committee is still working with the version proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley and could make its own modifications.

Read more
Local News
9:02 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Snow Storms Could Cause Utility Cutoffs to Customers

Downtown Salisbury During Snow Storm
Credit Don Rush

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland utility regulators say the high cost of heating homes and businesses during this long, cold winter may put more customers at risk of being shut off after March 31.

The Public Service Commission is asking utility companies at a legislative-style hearing Friday in Baltimore to explain their policies and procedures for terminating service to customers who haven't paid their bills on time.

The commission says it also wants to know the number of current and projected customers in arrears.

Read more
Local News
10:05 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Indexing Minimum Wage Falls Short in Annapolis

Credit Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has turned full force against Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to index the minimum wage to inflation.

Only eight delegates voted Wednesday to put an indexing provision back into the minimum wage bill. Another 124 followed the House Economic Matters Committee's recommendation.

Dereck Davis, D-Prince George's, the committee chair, said the Senate would almost certainly reject the provision. Del. Heather Mizeur, D-Montgomery, urged delegates to vote for it anyway.

Read more
Local News
9:31 am
Wed March 5, 2014

MD House of Delegates Set to Vote on Minimum Wage Hike

Credit Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to take up a bill to increase the state's minimum wage.

The House is set to consider changes to the measure on Wednesday.

It would boost the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

A House committee made substantial changes to a bill backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley. For example, it took out a proposal to begin indexing the minimum wage to keep up with inflation starting in 2017.

Read more
Local News
10:21 am
Tue March 4, 2014

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

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.

Read more
Local News
8:59 am
Tue February 18, 2014

MD Gov. Pushes Minimum Wage Hike, GOP Hopeful Wants Tax Cuts

Governor Martin O'Malley
Credit Governor's blog

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.

Read more
Local News
9:12 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Religious Leaders and Politicians Rally in Baltimore for Minimum Wage Hike

Governor Martin O'Malley
Credit Raise Maryland Websit e

A coalition of religious leaders joined the governor and other top elected officials in Baltimore to call for an increase in the minimum wage.

Governor Martin O’Malley has made raising the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016 a top priority for this legislative session.

Critics have argued that increasing the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour would hurt businesses and lead to job cuts.

Mathew Hanson with the Raise Maryland Campaign counters that the effort to raise the minimum wage has many backers in the business community.

Read more
Local News
8:52 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Rally for Hike in MD Minimum Wage

Credit Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of a higher minimum wage plan to rally in Annapolis, but business owner Mark Pringle says higher wages would mean higher prices at his ice cream shops.

Pringle owns four Cold Stone Creamery shops. He tells The Capital that most of his 15 to 20 employees are either in high school or starting community college. Most make the state's current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.

Read more
Local News
8:37 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Governor Jack Markell Signs Bill to Hike Delaware Minimum Wage

Credit Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has signed a bill raising Delaware's minimum wage by a dollar over the next two years.

Markell signed the legislation just one hour after it received final legislative approval Thursday.

The new law raises the hourly wage from $7.25 to $7.75 on June 1, and to $8.25 on June 1, 2015.

Markell said the lack of economic mobility is a disturbing trend, and that the law will help a lot of working people.

Read more
Local News
9:03 am
Thu January 30, 2014

$1 Hike in Minimum Wage Expects Vote in Delaware House of Representatives

Credit Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to vote on a bill raising Delaware's minimum wage by a dollar over the next two years.

Democrats propose raising the current hourly wage from $7.25 to $7.75 on June 1, and to $8.25 on June 1, 2015. 

Supporters say the higher wage will stimulate the economy and help low-wage families make ends meet.  Opponents argue it will lead to higher prices that will negatively affect low-wage earners and result in fewer hires.

Minority Republicans have proposed delaying the start of the increases by six months.

Read more
Local News
8:38 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Governor O'Malley Pushes Hike in Minimum Wage

Governor Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
Credit officail photo

ANNAPOLIS (AP) - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley highlighted his administration's successes while noting problems the state has had with its health care exchange.

The Democrat reflected on his time in office as he gave his eithth and last State of the State address.

He talked about a sweeping a gun-control measure the General Assembly approved last year and the state's  repeal of the death penalty as notable successes. he also underscored Maryland's passage of same-sex marriage rights and a version of the Dream Act.

Read more
Local News
11:18 am
Fri January 17, 2014

MD Senate President Braces for Hard Debate on Minimum Wage

Credit Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president is bracing his colleagues for a difficult debate over raising the state's minimum wage.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Thursday it will be difficult to find a solution to address economic differences in various parts of the state. He says he needs people to be open to compromise.

Read more
Local News
11:14 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Governor Martin O'Malley Calls for Hike in Minimum Wage

Credit Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is urging supporters of raising the minimum wage in Maryland to sign a petition.

The Democratic governor in an email from his political action committee on Thursday says he believes the state must make the choice to raise the minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 an hour.

O'Malley says is expecting a long and difficult effort. A measure to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10 by 2015 stalled in a Senate committee in the last legislative session.

Read more
8:47 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Minimum Hike Tabled In Delaware House Committe

Credit Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Senate proposal to raise Delaware's minimum wage by a dollar over the next two years has been tabled by a House committee.

The committee voted 7-3 Wednesday to table the measure, which passed the Senate on 12-9 party-line vote, with only one Democrat voting against it.

The proposal would raise the current hourly wage from $7.25 to $7.75 on Jan. 1, 2014, and to $8.25 on Jan. 1, 2015.

Supporters of the measure have said the higher wage will stimulate the economy and help low-wage families make ends meet.

Read more
9:28 am
Thu March 21, 2013

No MInimum Wage Increase in Maryland

Credit public domain clip art

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has voted against raising the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2015.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-3 on Wednesday against the measure.

Maryland's current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

Supporters of the measure said that low-wage workers are in desperate need of a raise and insist that higher wages would increase consumer spending and inject millions into the state's economy.

Read more
9:08 am
Wed March 20, 2013

$10 Minimum Wage Considered in Annapolis


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state Senate panel is expected to vote on a measure that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 per hour by 2015.

A vote by the Maryland Senate Finance Committee could come as soon as Wednesday.

Maryland’s current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

Supporters of the measure say that low-wage workers are in desperate need of a raise and insist that higher wages would increase consumer spending and inject millions into the state's economy.

Read more
9:19 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Former MD Official Thomas Perez to Head Labor Dept.

Thomas Perez
Credit Justice Department

Maryland’s former Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is set to be named Secretary of Labor by President Obama.

Perez is currently in the civil rights division of the Justice Department and would replace Hilda Solis.

He would also satisfy pressure from the Hispanic community to put more Latinos into administration positions.

The 51-year old Perez has been popular within the labor movement.

Some Democrats are hoping that he will signal a renewed push for an increase in the minimum.

Read more
9:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Minimum Wage Hike in Delaware Draws Opposition from Business

Marrianne Antonini, Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce

A proposal to hike the minimum wage in Delaware from $7.25 an hour to $8.75 by 2014 and tying it the rate of inflation has drawn sharp opposition from the state Chamber of the Commerce and business groups.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lobbyists for Wal-Mart, Verizon and other businesses have registered interest in a measure authored by Wilmington Democratic state Senator Robert Marshall.

Governor Jack Markell has not said yet whether he would support the measure.

President Obama has called for increasing the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.


Read more
8:44 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Opposition in Sussex County to Hike in State Minimum Wage


             Officials and businesses in Sussex County say they oppose hiking the state’s minimum wage.

            A measure in Dover would increase the rate by a dollar to $8.25 an hour over two years.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Carol Everhart, president of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, said her members oppose the hike noting that many of the local businesses now pay above the minimum wage.

Read more