Baltimore City Council Poised to Pass $15 Minimum Wage Law

Only months after rejecting a similar measure, the Baltimore City Council is poised to pass a bill Monday that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The rate would be nearly $5 an hour higher than in surrounding counties.

With eight newly elected members — some of whom say their supporters expect dramatic change — the City Council has rallied around veteran lawmaker Mary Pat Clarke‘s minimum wage proposal, which she argues will help some of Baltimore’s poorest residents escape poverty.