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Contact:  Karen Spradlin
Faith Organizer
Let Justice Roll
Springfield, VA 
Phone: 405-213-3282
Disciples Justice Action Network
Board Member, Let Justice Roll
Coordinator, Disciples Center for Public Witness
Annapolis, MD 
Phone: 410-212-7964

Take Action to Raise Maryland Minimum Wage

Mar 29 2011
Support the Raise Maryland campaign to gradually raise Maryland's state minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.75 by 2013. The current Maryland minimum wage means only $15,000 a year for a full-time child care worker, health aide, security guard or other minimum wage worker, which is not enough to live on.

Maryland Faith Leaders Letter

Dear Senators and Delegates:

As leaders in our faith communities, we call on the Maryland General Assembly to raise the state minimum wage and thereby foster economic recovery for our families, our communities and our state.

Bills could increase wages for local tipped workers

By Andrew Damstedt
The Sentinel (Maryland), Mar 16 2011
A job creator or a job killer is the debate circling two bills that would raise the minimum wage.

A bill backed by Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Fort Washington, in Congress would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees, while a bill facing debate in Annapolis would raise the minimum wage for tipped employees and the regular minimum wage.

The bill before the General Assembly would increase Maryland’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9.75 per hour by 2013. Tipped employees would see their minimum wage rise to $6.19 in July from $3.63.

Maryland Minimum Wage Bill Summary

Raise Maryland, Mar 4 2011


Maryland’s minimum wage is currently just $7.25 per hour, or roughly $15,000 per year for a full-time worker.

For tipped workers, like waitresses, carwash attendants and nail salon workers, the minimum wage is even lower – just 50 percent of the full minimum wage, or $3.63 per hour.  

Seventeen states – and the neighboring District of Columbia – have minimum wages that are higher than $7.25 per hour.

Raising the standard

Baltimore Sun, Jan 20 2011

Our view: Maryland deserves a minimum wage law that lifts families out of poverty and provides a meaningful economic boost to all

Raising Maryland's minimum wage

ABC 2, Jan 18 2011
Progressive Maryland and several state senators are behind a movement aiming to raise the state's minimum wage over the next few years. Under the plan, the state's minimum wage would go from $7.25 an hour to $10 an hour by 2013.

John Shepley, co-owner of Emory Knoll Farms, says paying his employees more money has many advantages to him, including not having to deal with employee turn around.

Raise Maryland! Building stronger futures for Maryland’s working families

Progressive Maryland, Jan 18 2011

Annapolis –Progressive Maryland today launched Raise Maryland, a major legislative and gr

Video: Raise Maryland Minimum Wage Campaign Launch

Jan 18 2011
Watch Raise Maryland Campaign Launch Video

Speakers include Let Justice Roll Board Member Rev. Dr. Ken Booker Langston.
Press Conference Excerpts.
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