Pushes in Md, Capitol Hill to raise minimum wage

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The effort to raise minimum wage levels in Maryland received a huge push Wednesday at the state house in Annapolis. On Thursday, the national effort to increase worker pay will get some help from women senators.

The Raise the Minimum Wage bus will stop on Capitol Hill, on board will be several senators. Among them, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, all talking about the importance of raising the minimum wage, specifically for women.

In Maryland on Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee approved the bill to raise the state of Maryland's minimum wage. By July of 2018, the minimum wage would reach $10.10, that's under the Senate panel's changes. But in a bill passed by the House of Delegates that $10.10 would be reached in 2017.

Another big change is that community-based workers who work with the developmentally-disabled would get paid more over several years in order to keep their pay above minimum wage.

On the federal front, President Obama laid out his pitch for Congress to adopt that same increase. Republicans, however, say wage increase equals job losses.


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