Maryland House passes $15 minimum wage bill

The Maryland House of Delegates in general session passed a bill that would raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. It would increase the wage from its current $10.10 to $11 on Jan. 1, 2020, with 75 cent increases every year from 2021 to 2025. The Maryland Senate has not yet voted on the measure.


Governor Larry Hogan has said he opposes raising the minimum wage because he is worried that doing so might cause businesses to leave the state. The Maryland House of Delegates passed the bill with a veto-proof majority.


The bill would increase labor costs for businesses by 48 percent, according to The Baltimore Sun.


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


The Maryland bill passed by the House does let employers pay workers younger than 18 a lower wage of 85 percent of the state minimum wage. The lower minimum wage under current law applies to workers under 20 for their first six months on the job.