Why We Fight
There are many reasons to Fight for a $15 Minimum Wage in Maryland. The information below will help you to learn about why it is so important to pass bills to increase Maryland’s minimum wage in 2019.
What is the current Minimum Wage in maryland?
Maryland’s current minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, or $21,000 a year for a full-time worker, is far too low for workers to make ends meet.
Why does Maryland need a minimum wage increase?
Many Maryland residents work full-time yet struggle to get by financially — they work hard but can’t afford basic needs for themselves or their families. In fact, there is nowhere in Maryland where a single adult working full-time can get by on less than $15 per hour.*
Who benefits from a $15 Minimum wage?
More than 570,000 workers who would see greater economic security
Big and small businesses will be able to attract and retain good employees, increase sales and revenues, and hire more people.
The state’s economy would be strengthened as higher wages create economic activity among families spending more on food, clothing and other needs.
What would a Minimum wage bill include?
The 2019 Minimum Wage Bill would gradually raise Maryland’s minimum wage of $10.10 per hour to $15 by July 1, 2023 and automatically adjust it to keep up with the rising cost of living – as more than 16 states and the District of Columbia currently do.
*Economic Policy Institute 2017 Family Budget Calculator (forthcoming). http://epi.org/resources/budget