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Efforts to raise minimum wage to hourly $15 renewed in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Supporters of raising Baltimore City's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 say the measure has a much better chance of passage this year.

City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, lead sponsor of the legislation, says, "People who work all day or all night or both deserve to have a decent living wage with which to support their families and maintain some self-sufficiency."

City County President Jack Young, who opposed a similar bill last year, says he will support what he calls a compromise measure.

"We're willing to put aside all the misnomers about the effects that this bill would have on the city finances and businesses throughout the city and we're going to move forward to make sure we do the right thing," said Young.

A bill which would have raised the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour failed last year on the council floor. But Clarke says there are eight new council members who she says are more receptive to the idea.

"Such inequities keep us divided depriving thousands of our working residents of the survival wages and family self-sufficiency their hard work has earned," said Clarke.

Business groups are expected to once again oppose the measure. But supporters say they have exempted small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the higher minimum wage.

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