Read what Baltimore’s media outlets are saying about the Greater Baltimore Committee’s opposition to a bill before the Baltimore City Council that would increase the minimum wage in the city to $15 per hour. The GBC remains opposed to the bill primarily because the city would become an island surrounded by nearby counties where the minimum wage is currently pegged by state law at $8.75 per hour.
In addition, the percentage of businesses that the proponents of the bill claim would be exempt simply isn’t accurate. There are many small businesses that would not be exempt because they are part of a franchise or are considered a franchise as defined in the bill. Despite having only a handful of employees at each location, these businesses would be forced to pay the much higher minimum wage.
Baltimore Business Journal
Baltimore City Council committee approves $15 minimum wage bill – July 28, 2016
The Baltimore Sun
This isn’t the first time Baltimore has debated the minimum wage – July 30, 2016
Baltimore City Council panel approves $15 minimum wage bill – July 28, 2016
Baltimore City Council divided over $15 minimum wage – July 17, 2016
Don Fry Commentaries
WYPR: Timing isn’t right for Baltimore’s minimum wage proposal – June 28, 2016
The Daily Record: Wrong place and time for $15 minimum wage – June 16, 2016