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City Council president says Baltimore can't afford $15 minimum wage

City Council president says Baltimore can't afford $15 minimum wage

Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young will not agree to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, dealing a blow to legislation that's aimed at lifting residents out of poverty but which critics say would sink the city's economy.

Young said this week that city government and Baltimore businesses can't afford to pay their lowest-wage workers more than $11.50 an hour. Young is an influential member of the council, which is split on the proposal.

"We just can't do $15," Young said. "Even $11.50 is a stretch, but I think it's a compromise. Anything other than that, I will not be voting for this bill."

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