Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday expressed strong reservations about a bill mandating Baltimore businesses pay a $15 minimum wage by 2022.
Pugh, a small business owner, said the bill being considered by the City Council could cause her consignment shop to close an extra day per week.
“People can’t afford to pay these kind of wages,” Pugh said of the council’s proposal. “What would I do as a small business? Close my store another day. Just can’t afford it.”
Pugh and her business partners, including Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, own 2 Chic Boutique in Pigtown, a consignment shop that sells designer clothes.