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$15 an hour? Not yet

$15 an hour? Not yet

The union-financed national "Fight for $15" is returning to Baltimore this fall with a renewed push for a $15 hourly minimum wage. With victories in such cities as Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, supporters think Charm City is a prime candidate — particularly given turnover in the City Council where the measure failed by one vote in August.

Baltimore's incoming mayor, Catherine E. Pugh, has long supported raising the minimum wage at the state level but has expressed misgivings in requiring the benefit for the city alone when employers can so easily set up shop in the surrounding counties. We share her concerns, particularly given that Baltimore's...