August 25, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore City Council has put aside a bill that would increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, but the measure might fare better next year.
But six of the eight opponents are not running for re-election, and five of the candidates favored to replace them support the increase. “The minimum wage, even nationwide, has been artificially low for quite some time,” said John Bullock, the Democratic nominee for a West Baltimore seat. “It has not kept up with cost of living. This would benefit Baltimore.” Among the city’s mayoral candidates, Democrat Catherine E. Pugh would not say whether she supported the bill, but told the Baltimore Sun that she would love to see the minimum “be consistent around the state”; Republican Alan Walden is against it, saying it would cost entry-level workers jobs; and the Green Party’s Joshua Harris said $15 was a good start, but he “would like to see higher.” Read more