By Daniel Menefee
For Maryland Reporter
Montgomery County and Baltimore City officials expressed outrage in Annapolis yesterday over a bill that would bar local governments from increasing the minimum wage above state levels.
Opponents say the move is a crack-down on jurisdictions joining a movement to set the wage floor at $15 per hour, which gathered steam during the presidential bid of Bernie Sanders.
But the lead sponsor, Del. Dereck Davis, chair of the House Economic Matters Committee said the bill, HB317, was about ensuring uniformity and security for Maryland’s business climate in pursuit of higher wages for all Marylanders.