The Daily Record, 4/4/23

Maryland’s minimum hourly wage will be $15 beginning Jan. 1 under a bill from Gov. Wes Moore that passed in the General Assembly on Tuesday.

The pay hike that lawmakers approved is less ambitious than what Moore sought, but the governor has maintained an upbeat tone as the bill worked its way through the legislature. He’s scheduled to begin signing bills into law on Tuesday of next week.

“The North Star of our administration is creating pathways to work, wages, and wealth and this legislation will lift up hardworking Marylanders statewide,” Moore wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

Moore, a Democrat, initially proposed raising the $13.25 minimum wage to $15 per hour for all businesses beginning Oct. 1 — more than a year before the state’s current law would require it.

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