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Alan Krueger

A well-intentioned nail in Baltimore's economic coffin

A well-intentioned nail in Baltimore's economic coffin

Mary Pat Clarke is a tireless worker for Baltimore and always has her heart in the right place. She's my councilwoman, and at age 74 still runs rings around many younger city officials. No one on the council delivers better constituent service.

Unfortunately, however, her latest policy proposal — to hike Baltimore's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 — would put another nail in the city's economic coffin.

Ms. Clarke's enlistment in the "Fight for $15" army is politically savvy. Since capitalists have been fleeing the city for six decades, most remaining Baltimoreans are proud progressives. And the narrative that has taken root on the left is that...

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