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.