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Attorney General Gansler Applauds Passage of Minimum Wage Increase

Baltimore, MD (April 7, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today praised the General Assembly for giving final approval to legislation that will incrementally boost Maryland's minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2018. Increasing the minimum wage was among Attorney General Gansler's top legislative priorities entering this year's General Assembly session.

"Boosting the take-home pay for hardworking Maryland families will improve the economy of our state by putting more purchasing power where it can do the most good," said Attorney General Gansler. "These are dollars that put food on the table, clothes on children's backs and roofs over the heads of nearly 500,000 Maryland workers. Most of those who will benefit are women who need this pay hike to better provide for their families. And the inclusion of a wage hike for developmental disability workers is a welcome bonus."

"Passage of this legislation is a critical step to addressing the income inequality that persists in our state and our nation," added Attorney General Gansler. "The final product balanced the obvious need to increase pay among low-wage earners, while addressing concerns that it would hurt businesses."

   

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