May 6, 2014
On Monday, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed legislation that will gradually raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The new legislation will raise the current $7.25 an hour to $8 by January, and $8.25 by July, 2015. Maryland becomes the latest of 22 states, including the District of Columbia, to set a rate above the federal minimum wage. On hand at the State House for the bill signing was U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who was representing President Barack Obama. Perez stated “This will be good for Maryland business, good for Maryland workers and a good example for the country.” The new minimum-wage bill was one of 200 bills signed into law by O’Malley on Monday.