The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a bill that would gradually increase the state's minimum wage from $10.10 per hour to $15 an hour in 2025. The debate now moves to the Senate, which has not yet taken action.
The House and Senate versions of the bill also require different levels of funding in the state budget for health and human services organizations — such as those that serve individuals with disabilities — to help them raise the pay of their workers.
Both versions leave in place what’s known as the “tip credit,” which allows companies to pay tipped workers, such as servers and bartenders, as little as $3.63 per hour as long as their tips bring their total pay to at least minimum wage.
“I’m going to fight for the House’s position but everything is on the table,” said Del. Dereck Davis, chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee. The Prince George’s County Democrat will represent the House on the conference committee along with Del. C.T. Wilson and Del. Kathleen Dumais, both Democrats.
The Senate has not yet appointed its conference committee members.