Md. House of Delegates approves minimum wage increase

(WUSA9) -- Friday, The Maryland House of Delegates passed legislation to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017. The vote was 89 to 46.

We are told this act marks the first time that a minimum wage bill has been passed by the full House of Delegates since 2006.

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to take action on the legislation the week of March 10.

Governor O'Malley and Lt. Governor Brown issued a joint statement about the vote:

"I want to thank Speaker Busch and Chairman Davis for their leadership, and members of the House of Delegates for their vote to increase the minimum wage to $10.10. Nobody who works full time should have to raise their family in poverty," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "Raising the minimum wage makes good business sense: when workers have more money, businesses have more customers, growing our economy in a way that works. Twenty-one other states and the District of Columbia have a minimum wage higher than Maryland. As one of the top states for upward economic mobility, it's time to give Maryland workers a raise. We urge the Senate to join the House -- let's work together to increase the minimum wage to $10.10."

"Today, the House of Delegates voted in favor of Maryland's working families, ensuring that more of our neighbors will have the opportunity to get ahead and build a better future for their children," said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. "I look forward to working with the leadership and members of the Senate, along with advocates and business leaders, to raise the minimum wage which will support our workers and a strong, growing economy."


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