Baltimore City Council Panel Approves $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Divided City Council will decide next month whether to increase the minimum wage in Baltimore to $15 an hour, which would be the highest in the state.

The council’s labor committee voted 4-0 Thursday to send the bill to the 15-member council, where President Bernard C. “Jack” Young has pledged to scale back the proposed increase.

Advocates say joining a national movement to raise the wage to $15 an hour would help to lift impoverished Baltimoreans. But Young and others say it would lead to higher unemployment and fiscal calamity.