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Maryland Poll Show Overwhelming Support for Increased Minimum Wage

Nearly 7 out of 10 Maryland residents support raising the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, says a Baltimore Sun poll.

Nearly 7 out of 10 Maryland residents support raising the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, says a Baltimore Sun poll. File|Patch
Nearly 7 out of 10 Maryland residents support raising the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, says a Baltimore Sun poll. File|Patch

Nearly 7 of 10 Maryland voters want to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, according to a poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun.

Statewide, 69 percent of voters surveyed said they support a bill being considered in the General Assembly to increase Maryland's minimum wage from the current federal level of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016.

A higher wage would help Marylanders by putting "a little bit of extra change in their pocket, and maybe they can pay up their bills," Arthur Brown Jr., a welder from Baltimore, told the Sun.

The wage increase has the support of civil rights, labor, religious and women's groups, as well as some businesses and all three Democrats running for governor. Supporters argue that raising the pay of low-wage workers would help lift some families out of poverty.

Some business groups and Republican lawmakers object to the increase, saying it would hurt the economy and workers when companies are forced to cut hours to save money.

Steve February 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM
I guess they did all the polling in PG, Montgomery, and Baltimore City
jag February 20, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Steve, you wish. Raising the minimum wage is widely supported across the country. And no, not just in the well educated, job centers of MD like you cite.
Steve February 20, 2014 at 08:47 PM
Jag you must have never owned a businesses, even though you will say you did, how is making poor people poorer and unemployed? And you can't Cherry pick what info from the CBO supports your cause. Min wage jobs are for stepping stone jobs not for supporting family. And maybe if you can't get above that job level, you shouldn't have kids.
jag February 23, 2014 at 12:57 AM
Steve, you're welcome to whatever opinion you want, just don't pretend all the state and national polls showing you're in the extreme minority are somehow invalid.

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