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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Md. Panel Keeps Minimum Wage Statewide; Cuts Index to Inflation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A panel of Maryland lawmakers voted Monday to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years, but lawmakers stripped out a proposal to index future increases to inflation.

They also delayed when the hikes would take effect incrementally by six months. The House Economic Matters Committee voted 13-8 for a bill that keeps an exemption for restaurants and bars that make less than $250,000 a year from paying minimum wage.

The committee also decided to freeze the minimum wage for tipped workers at $3.63 an hour and to require employers to make up the difference, if employees did not make enough in tips to meet the new minimum wage rates. The change sets a fixed rate instead of a percentage. When the measure was introduced, it would have increased the cash wage rate for tipped workers from 50 percent to 70 percent of the minimum wage.



Obama Crooked Bastardo said...

Another Jobs Killer by Democ-rats. Some places will go out of business and some will layoff their employees.

Anonymous said...

Union wage earners are cheering -their negotiated percentage raise is pinned to the minimum wage-- hooray for the Communist Worker Party--the Progressives ..could be a 10$ an hour raise for them or more