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Baltimore City Council panel approves $15 minimum wage bill

Baltimore City Council panel approves $15 minimum wage bill

A divided City Council will decide next month whether to increase the minimum wage in Baltimore to $15 an hour, which would be the highest in the state.

The council's labor committee voted 4-0 Thursday to send the bill to the 15-member council, where President Bernard C. "Jack" Young has pledged to scale back the proposed increase.

Advocates say joining a national movement to raise the wage to $15 an hour would help to lift impoverished Baltimoreans. But Young and others say it would lead to higher unemployment and fiscal calamity.

The council is split on the measure. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has said she would sign the bill if it reaches her...

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