The Maryland General Assembly gave its final approval Wednesday to legislation increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
The measure will go next to Gov. Larry Hogan, who opposes such a significant increase. But both the House of Delegates and the Senate approved the bill with more than enough votes to override a veto.
The legislation gradually increases the minimum wage from the current $10.10 per hour to $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2025, for companies with 15 or more workers. Smaller companies would follow a schedule that gives them another 18 months, until July 1, 2026, to reach $15 per hour.
The first increase on Jan. 1 would affect workers at all companies,...