2019 Legislative Session
In 2019, UULM-MD is supporting the "Fight for Fifteen" to further increase the state minimum wage. The legislation will:
- provide a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2023 with increases indexed to the cost of living beginning in 2023,
- allow local governments to provide minimum wages in excess of the proposed state minimum wage,
- remove exceptions for young workers,
- provide increases in the minimum wage for tipped workers to $15 by 2026, and
- provide increased funding for community service providers to accommodate the minimum wage increase.
Why We Fight For $15
A $15 minimum wage means a better Maryland for all of us:
- Raising the minimum wage to $15 for all workers will benefit over 700,000 households in Maryland
- A $15 minimum wage would benefit hundreds of thousands of kids. Over 300,000 children have at least one parent that would be affected by a $15 minimum wage in Maryland.
- Raising the wage won’t hurt the economy: it will grow it! The most rigorous research shows minimum wage increases do not reduce employment. In Seattle, the first major city to adopt a $15 minimum wage, the region’s unemployment rate hit an eight-year low.
- For small businesses, raising the wage will bring in new customers, raising businesses’ bottom lines and increasing profits.
See the Maryland Fight for $15 coalition at http://ff15maryland.org/.