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Baltimore activists, businesses speak out on $15 minimum wage proposal

Baltimore activists, businesses speak out on $15 minimum wage proposal

A push by labor advocates Wednesday to persuade a City Council panel to approve a $15 an hour minimum wage was met with criticism from business leaders, who say such a law would drive companies from Baltimore.

Council members planned to further study the proposal. Baltimore would become the latest city to adopt a minimum wage, amid a national push for better pay for low-skill workers. A $15 an hour wage won initial approval last week in Washington, joining San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Under the proposal, which Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke introduced last month, the minimum wage in the city would gradually increase to $15 an hour by 2020.

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