Minimum Wage Increase Defeated

Last night, the Senate Finance Committee rejected legislation to raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $10 per hour and index it based on the Consumer Price Index. The bill, SB 683 sponsored by Sen. Ron Garagiola (D-Dist. 15) was defeated by an 8-3 vote.

“We are pleased that lawmakers rejected this legislation, which would have imposed additional labor costs on Maryland’s small businesses at a time when there is still much uncertainty in the economy,” Maryland Chamber President & CEO Kathy Snyder, CCE said.

The Chamber opposed the bill. During the hearing, we were joined by a number of our business allies, local chambers and small businesses from around the state. The Chamber argued that Maryland’s job creators should be allowed to create wage and benefit programs that balance the needs of their employees with the economic stresses their companies face.

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About Will Burns

Communications Director
Maryland Chamber of Commerce

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