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Baltimore City Council Expected to Approve $15 Minimum Wage Increase Today

Mon, Mar 20, 2017


The Baltimore City Council is expected to pass a bill Monday that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, small businesses would have until 2026. The rate would be nearly $5 an hour higher than in surrounding jurisdictions. If the bill is passed, Mayor Catherine Pugh said she will thoroughly review the bill before deciding whether to sign it into law. She will have three weeks to decide on signing or vetoing the bill. During that time, Pugh said she plans to conduct additional financial analysis on the potential impact increasing the wage would have on the city's economy. A veto would send it back to city lawmakers for another vote.