Both houses in Maryland General Assembly approve $15 minimum wage

The Maryland House of Delegates and Senate have both approved raising the state’s minimum wage gradually from its current $10.10 to $15 by 2025. The final details of the legislation to be presented to Gov. Larry Hogan will be worked out in conference committee.

Gov. Hogan opposes the measure, instead offering an alternative measure that would increase the minimum wage to $12.10 by 2022. Gov. Hogan has not said if he would veto the bill passed by the House and Senate.

The bill, if successful, would not immediately affect employers in Montgomery or Prince George’s counties, which currently have higher minimum wages of $12.25 and $11.50, respectively.

The measure would increase labor costs by 48 percent, according to The Baltimore Sun.

A particular concern for WANADA is its Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI) program to train aspiring auto technicians. Participating dealers in ADEI’s program currently pay minimum wage to technician trainees in the earn-while-you-learn program.

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