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A $15 minimum wage? Not so fast

A $15 minimum wage? Not so fast

The $15 minimum wage laws recently enacted in California and New York have given quite a boost to local efforts to raise basic salaries. Given those high-profile campaigns — and the strong support from union backers — it comes as no surprise that the Baltimore City Council will soon be pondering a similar mandate.

Under the proposal offered by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, the minimum wage paid by Baltimore employers would rise to $15 per hour by 2020. It was no coincidence that the measure was unveiled shortly before the one-year anniversary of Freddie Gray's death and at a time when poverty and...