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Baltimore City Council sends $15 minimum wage bill back to committee

Baltimore City Council sends $15 minimum wage bill back to committee

Supporters of a proposal to raise Baltimore's minimum wage to $15 an hour failed to muster the votes for passage Monday night, instead sending the bill back to committee and an uncertain future.

Chief sponsor Mary Pat Clarke pledged to continue to look for the additional vote needed to pass the measure, even if that meant waiting until a new council takes office after the November election.

"If the eighth vote does not appear, see you in December," Clarke said. "We will have the $15 minimum wage. Absolutely."

The council voted 8-6 with one abstention to return the bill to committee to continue work. Clarke said that also would allow the council to...

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