Maryland lawmakers hear hours of testimony on $15 minimum wage bill, seek ‘sweet spot’ of salary solution

Posted 2.8.2019

Michael O’Halloran of the National Federation of Independent Business suggested that the bill was “a solution in search of a problem.”

He said a “one-size-fits-all-mandate” doesn’t help workers or businesses. Instead, lawmakers should focus on expanding apprenticeship and job-training programs so that workers can move up to higher-paying jobs.

“It’s not supposed to be a living wage. … It’s an entry-level wage for entry-level work,” he said.

Davis, the committee chairman, said lawmakers would take input from everyone who testified.

“I don’t know really what is the sweet spot in this,” Davis said. “But I know it’s definitely not a solution looking for a problem. It may or may not be the right solution … but the problem is real.”

Read the full story at the Baltimore Sun.

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