Baltimore's City Council voted overwhelmingly Monday to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 - From baltimoresun.com
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http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR He noted that the city's budget is already stretched due in part to high police overtime costs, a Department of Justice consent decree for police reform and the needs of the city's public school system, which faces a $130 million deficit.
Fry, the group's president, said he was "very disappointed in the City Council's decision to increase the minimum wage despite the concerns expressed by the business community, cultural institutions, nonprofit organizations, and city government agencies." Ricarra Jones, a political organizer for a local health care union, said a coalition of advocates is pushing Pugh to sign the bill.
The passage of the bill was made possible by November's election of eight new City Council members after a similar proposal was rejected only months prior.
Schleifer, another freshman on the council, said there were "many challenges" with the bill, including a "negative impact" on small businesses, which he said would lose customers to county stores that wouldn't have to raise prices to keep up with higher wages.