Maryland minimum wage goes up and new laws take effect

Associated Press

Maryland's minimum wage is going up.

The new $10.10 an hour wage went into effect Sunday.

It's the last of the phased-in increases that were set by Maryland lawmakers in 2014. The first increase from $7.25 to $8 took place in 2015. It increased three times after that, to $8.25 in July 2015, to $8.75 in July 2016 and $9.25 last July.

Some lawmakers have pushed for increasing the minimum wage again, but the legislation stalled this year. Ben Jealous, the Democratic candidate for governor, supports increasing the minimum wage to $15.

Other new laws are taking effect Sunday in Maryland. One of them will extend disclosure rules that now apply to paid political ads for radio, television and print to online social media platforms like Facebook.

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