Details of proposal by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by mid-2016:
●The minimum wage would grow from $7.25 an hour to $8.20 in July, to $9.15 in July 2015 and $10.10 in July 2016.
●After that, it would increase along with inflation.
●Minimum pay for tipped workers would go from $3.63 an hour to as much as $7.07 by 2016.
The House of Delegates amended the bill to:
●Delay implementation of the wage hikes by six months.
●Do away with the inflation provision.
●Freeze the minimum base pay for tipped workers.
●Exempt cafes and taverns with less than $250,000 in annual income and seasonal businesses such as drive-in movie theaters and amusement parks.
The Senate Finance Committee is weighing whether to:
●Spread out implementation of the wage hike over as many as five years.
●Add a “training wage” of $7.25 an hour for new workers and full-time students for their first six months.
Who earns the minimum wage?
About 67,000 workers in Maryland earned the minimum wage or less in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The vast majority work in businesses that employ 50 people or more.
A hike in the minimum wage would be likely to affect about 445,000 workers, according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. That number includes people who are currently paid between $7.25 and $10.10 an hour, and those who are paid slightly more than $10.10 but would likely get raises if the minimum wage approached their pay grade.