New Effort to Raise Baltimore’s Minimum Wage to $15 Begins

With eight new Democrats joining Baltimore’s City Council in December, proponents of a $15 hourly minimum wage relaunched their campaign to hike wages for the city’s low-income workers.

After failing by one vote in August, advocates for a higher minimum wage feel more confident now that three council members who opposed the measure are being replaced by new members who’ve pledged to support the increase.

The advocates and the bill’s lead sponsor, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke of North Baltimore, held a rally at the Blue Point Healthcare Center to kick off the new effort. Dozens of low-wage workers and supporters attended.