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March 7, 2014
I strongly agree with letter writer Stephen H. Morgan's points regarding the work performed by direct care staff and the impact a minimum-wage increase could have on "front line" caregivers for developmentally disabled people ( "Minimum wage should not penalize disabled," Jan. 23). I see the work done daily as a member of the Chimes team. Most direct care staff are genuine, caring people, and while we all work to earn a paycheck, these folks daily go above and beyond. If direct care support staff wages are not raised in line with a minimum wage increase, many will be forced to seek employment elsewhere in order to provide for their families.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
The House of Delegates voted Friday to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over the next three years, setting up a potential fight over whether to guarantee future increases by tying the rate to inflation. Delegates voted 89-46 for the increase after an hourlong debate — the first time the House has approved raising the base pay since 2006. Supporters argued that the wealthiest state in the nation could afford to boost the living standards of its poorest workers, while opponents warned that the move would hurt small businesses and cost jobs among the people that the legislation is meant to help.
NEWS
March 6, 2014
What's with the O's - Gov. Martin O'Malley and President Barack Obama and the minimum wage? Let's face it, most Marylanders and Americans know that the leadership locally and nationally do not care about the working poor. It's all about increasing the tax base so that they will have more of our tax dollars to spend. I think a requirement for those running for an elected position is that they should have worked in the private sector where they might have learned about profits and losses or have owned their own business.
NEWS
March 5, 2014
After reading the typical one-sided, liberal argument for minimum wage increase ("Economy flourishes when wages go up," Catonsville Times, Feb. 26), I cannot resist commenting. The writer uses the usual point of social injustice because those earning minimum wages are not making a so-called "decent" living wage. Whether raising the minimum wage causes job losses or job gains is long a point of debate among economists. But from where does this extra wage increase come? President Barack Obama says business owners should take lower profits.
NEWS
March 5, 2014
Thanks for posting Laura Howell's letter supporting higher wages for Maryland's developmental disability support professionals ( "Minimum wage debate ignores crucial group," Jan . 15). These professionals provide critical support for those with developmental disabilities. We need to raise awareness that direct service professionals are not viewed as minimum wage workers and that they continue to make more than the minimum wage. Our most valuable assets are the staff that do the hands-on work.
NEWS
March 5, 2014
The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Wednesday to legislation that would raise Maryland's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, rejecting a flurry of amendments offered by opponents. The action clears the way for a final House vote on the measure Friday. Votes on amendments indicated that proponents of the increase - a top priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley - have more than enough votes to pass the bill and send it to the Senate. Opponents focused on a controversial provision exempting seasonal amusement parks such as Six Flags in Prince George's County from the wage increase, charging that would create an unfair break for one type of company.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | March 5, 2014
House Speaker John Boehner says raising the minimum wage is "bad policy" because it will cause job losses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a minimum wage increase would be a job killer. Republicans and the chamber also say unions are job killers, workplace safety regulations are job killers, environmental regulations are job killers, and the Affordable Care Act is a job killer.The California Chamber of Commerce even publishes an annual list of "job killers," including almost any measures that lift wages or protect workers and the environment.
NEWS
March 5, 2014
House of Delegates can take an important step toward lifting the prospects of Maryland's working poor this week when it votes on a measure to gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. But amendments the House made to Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislation will dampen its impact and all but ensure that whatever gains low-wage workers make will be temporary. To be sure, the legislation as amended would still represent an important advance. Setting the rate at $10.10 an hour effectively restores the minimum wage's purchasing power to what it was in the 1960s, and the House Economic Matters Committee beat back the idea of setting a lower wage tier in the state's rural counties.
NEWS
March 4, 2014
The op-ed from Laura Howell ( "Minimum wage debate ignores crucial group," Jan. 15), touches on the heart of the issue: Should those who render care and assistance to people with special needs be forgotten as we try to address the issue of the minimum wage? Obviously the answer is no. Further, while her excellent piece focuses on the here and now, I would urge legislators to also look forward. The people served by this workforce present plenty of challenges today, but like everyone else they are aging.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed increase in Maryland's minimum wage to $10.10 cleared its first hurdle Monday night as a House committee approved the bill and rejected a proposal to set a different standard for rural areas. The House Economic Matters Committee voted 13-8 to send the measure - with significant changes -- to the full House. Before doing so, it amended the bill to eliminate a provision calling for the minimum wage to be increased automatically to keep pace with inflation after reaching $10.10 on Jan. 2017.
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