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House panel approves minimum-wage increase

House panel approves minimum-wage increase

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. The state's current minimum wage is the federal level of $7.25. The move keeps the question of whether and when to enact future increases in the...