In latest TV ad, Gansler showcases support for raising Maryland’s minimum wage

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Douglas F. Gansler is highlighting his support for raising the minimum wage in a new television advertisement as legislation nears passage in the General Assembly.

In his third TV ad of the campaign, Gansler, the state’s attorney general, also touts his support for closing a loophole that allows corporations doing business in Maryland to avoid paying taxes by attributing income to out-of-state operations.

“You work hard,” Gansler says in the 30-second spot. “You need a raise. You pay taxes. So should big corporations. That’s fair. And that’s my fight.”

Gansler was among the early supporters of a move to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to at least $10.

On Wednesday, a key Senate committee signed off on a bill introduced by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) that would gradually raise the rate to $10.10 by mid-2018. The full Senate is expected to approve the bill before the legislature adjourns for the year on Monday.

Gansler’s two major Democratic opponents in the June primary — Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Montgomery) — support raising the minimum wage as well.

In his latest ad, Gansler also highlights his record as attorney general, saying he has taken on Wall Street banks, “big utilities” and insurance companies. Aides said the ad is airing in both the Baltimore and Washington media markets.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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