The Maryland Senate is advancing a version of a minimum wage increase that gives small businesses more time to reach a $15 minimum wage.
The state’s current minimum wage is $10.10 per hour after increasing for the past four years.
The Senate’s version of the bill requires large businesses — defined as having at least 15 employees — to start paying at least $11 per hour, increasing to $15 in 2025.
Smaller businesses would have a more gradual phase-in that would bring the minimum wage to $15 for their employees by 2028.
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