ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland is already moving toward a "two-tier" minimum wage system, where counties will set their own minimums, Gov. Martin O'Malley said. But he wants $10.10 to be the statewide minimum and let counties raise it from there.
O'Malley was arguing for the wage increase Monday before the Senate Finance Committee.
He said $10.10 is "pretty modest," considering the effects of inflation since 1968. The minimum wage that year would be $10.70 in today's economy, according to one measurement of inflation. Another puts it at $9.50.
Later on Monday, lawmakers and others repeated arguments similar to those presented last week at the House Economic Matters Committee.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said last week he wants the House to pass a minimum wage bill before the Senate votes on one.
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