Maryland elected officials continue to live in a vacuum where artificial wage hikes don't hurt the economy. Baltimore City Delegate are moving toward killing off the state economy once and for all by seeking to perpetually raise the minimum wage:
Baltimore's delegation leaders said Thursday that raising the state's minimum wage by nearly $3 an hour will be the city's top issue of next General Assembly session.
"This is going to be our new strongest priority," said Del. Curt Anderson, chairman of the city's delegation at a news conference at City Hall.
The state's minimum wage has been set at $7.25 per hour since 2009. That means minimum-wage workers earn about $15,000 a year for full-time, year-round work.It isn't just Delegates who are on board with this, either:
State Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller said Thursday that "it's time" to raise the state's minimum wage. He said the measure might be tied to a cut in the corporate income tax rate.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she, Gov. Martin O'Malley and leading Democrat contenders for governor back the hike.