Madness, pure madness. It's important to note every public employee in the state will get a boost in salary when all pay scales are adjusted up to keep up-scale positions competitive. The costs will become consequential and significant when the next round of budget demands roll around.
Maryland’s General Assembly took swift action Thursday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that will gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
The override of the minimum wage bill was never in question and came by wide margins: 96-43 in the House of Delegates, followed by a 32-15 vote in the Senate. It takes 29 votes to override in the Senate and 85 in the House.
Lawmakers also overrode a veto of a bill that strips State Comptroller Peter Franchot’s alcohol and tobacco enforcement authority, moving it to a new commission. And they took a step toward overriding a veto of a bill that would overturn Hogan’s order that public schools must start the academic year after Labor Day.
Under the minimum wage legislation, businesses with 15 or more employees will follow a schedule that reaches $15 in 2025, while smaller companies will have to pay $15 starting in 2026.
In vetoing the bill Wednesday, Hogan said gradually increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour will “cost us jobs, negatively impact our economic competitiveness and devastate our state’s economy.” ...