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Council members relaunch $15 minimum wage effort

City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young is joining a coalition of council members pushing for a $15 hourly minimum wage in Baltimore. (PIXABAY/MGN)

BALTIMORE (AP) -- City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young is joining a coalition of council members pushing for a $15 hourly minimum wage in Baltimore.

Media outlets report that legislation is expected to be introduced Monday evening.

Maryland's current minimum wage is $8.75 and the city would follow the state's minimum wage schedule until 2018, when it reaches $10.10.

Under the proposal, hourly pay in Baltimore would continue to increase incrementally to $15 in 2022. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees would have until 2026 to reach that level.

Young, who previously opposed raising the minimum wage beyond $11.50, says the bill is a compromise that follows Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke's efforts last year to increase wages.

Mayor Catherine Pugh has said she prefers a "consistent" minimum wage across the state.

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