If you're making a list of regulations that will affect businesses in Maryland in the new year, it probably includes pay and paint.
The first step in a series of state minimum wage increases is set to go into effect Jan. 1. So is a law expanding the number of apartments that will have to comply with Maryland's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
The minimum wage hike received all the press of late, as it became law earlier this year. It will push the minimum wage from the federal rate of $7.25 up to $8 per hour Jan. 1.