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File #: 19-0131R    Version: 0 Name: Request for State Action - Support a $15 Minimum Wage for Maryland
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 1/28/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 1/28/2019
Enactment #:
Title: Request for State Action - Support a $15 Minimum Wage for Maryland For the purpose of calling on the Maryland General Assembly to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation establishing a statewide $15 minimum wage, ensuring that all working Marylanders can pay for their basic needs.
Sponsors: Mary Pat Clarke, President Young, Bill Henry, Ryan Dorsey, Eric T. Costello, John T. Bullock, Zeke Cohen, Robert Stokes, Sr., Kristerfer Burnett, Shannon Sneed, Sharon Green Middleton, Edward Reisinger, Brandon M. Scott, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer
Indexes: Maryland, Minimum Wage, Request for State Action, Support
Attachments: 1. 19-0131R~1st Reader, 2. Completed File_19-0131R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
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City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Clarke

A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Request for State Action - Support a $15 Minimum Wage for Maryland
For the purpose of calling on the Maryland General Assembly to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation establishing a statewide $15 minimum wage, ensuring that all working Marylanders can pay for their basic needs.
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In Maryland, recent years have seen efforts to make up for the decades-long decline in the real purchasing power of our minimum wage. However, despite these efforts, hundreds of thousands of full-time Maryland workers still do not earn enough to cover basic needs such as housing, food, and transportation. This is an inequitable and unsustainable situation. In America, a full time worker simply should not need government assistance to be able to put food on the table and a roof over their family’s heads.

Raising the State minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023 and then subsequently indexing it to keep pace with increases in the cost of living will go a long way toward remedying this untenable situation. According to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, this increase would benefit 573,000 Maryland workers, approximately 22% of the State’s workforce. 90% of all affected workers would be adults 20 years old older, and nearly a third are parents collectively raising 273,000 Maryland children.

The consensus drawn from decades of serious research on the issue is that statewide minimum wage increases are an...

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