$15 minimum wage bill vetoed

On March 20th, 2017, the city council minimum wage bill, 17-0018, was approved by city council members with a 12-3 vote to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Unfortunately, just four days later, Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed bill 17-0018. Mayor Pugh believes that Baltimore City should wait on the state and other surrounding jurisdictions to increase their wages first.

It is disheartening and disappointing that hard-working families will continue to make the hard decisions between paying for their high water bills and buying clothes for their children. I still believe that raising the minimum wage is the city’s right because hard working families deserve it.

The fight still continues for residents in District 13!

City Council passes minimum wage bill

Shannon speaks at City Council meeting

The Baltimore City Council gave final approval Monday to a bill which would increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.

The council voted 11-3 in favor of the measure which exempts small businesses with less than 50 employees from offering the higher minimum wage until 2026.

City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed says she supports a $15 minimum wage to help tens of thousands of working families who are “working are working two and three jobs and they can hardly pay for their basic needs, and so I’m fighting for those families.”

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