Legislation that would raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $10 by 2015 from $7.25 would hurt restaurants and other businesses, business officials said this week.
Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Garagiola (D-Dist. 15) of Germantown and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Dist. 25) of Mitchellville outlined their proposal this week at a news conference in Annapolis. They said they plan to file legislation, which would raise the minimum wage to $8.25 in July, $9 in July 2014 and $10 in July 2015, in the House and Senate within the next week.
The minimum wage for employees who rely on tips also would rise, to 70 percent of the minimum wage from 50 percent.
The Restaurant Association of Maryland’s government affairs committee has concerns about raising labor costs “at a time when we’re still trying to understand what the health care law mandates will mean, food costs are increasing and the economy remains sluggish,” said Melvin R. Thompson, senior vice president of government affairs and public policy.