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County Council Supports Minimum Wage Proposal

3/21/2013, 12:30 p.m.

Council Takes Favorable Position on Living Wage for Maryland and Prince George's County Residents

The Prince George's County Council has unanimously during voted to support a proposal by state lawmakers that would raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour by 2015.

"The County Council supports the opportunity for residents of Maryland and Prince George's County to earn a living wage to better make ends meet, as they work to support themselves and their families," said Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison. "We appreciate the opportunity to work together with our state delegation to address issues important to our citizens and the operation of Prince George's County."

In addition to an increase in the state minimum wage, House Bill 1204/Senate Bill 683, seeks to amend several sections of the Labor and Employment Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland related to the Maryland Wage and House Law, including overtime and tip credit provisions.

According to the Department of Legislative Services' Fiscal and Policy Note on the bills, more than 65,000 workers in Maryland earn wages equal or less than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour - about $15,000 a year.

Tipped workers in Maryland are paid only half that amount, earn the rest with tips. In Maryland, the last increase in the State minimum wage occurred in 2006 with an increase to the current level of $6.15 per hour.