Somebody will have to pay for this folly. The larger point here will be the entire government pay scale structure will be adjusted, effectively handing every state, county and municipal public employee, no matter the scale, a $5 an hour windfall. The public-union inspired $15 per hour gambit will grow budgets above and beyond the cost-of-living increases gifted to public employees annually. All taxpayers will be on the hook with smaller paychecks and increased property taxes to fund an exponentially overpaid dysfunctional government.
$15 WAGE HEADS TO HOGAN’s DESK: Pamela Wood of the Sun reports that the Maryland General Assembly gave its final approval Wednesday to legislation increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. The measure will go next to Gov. Larry Hogan, who opposes such a significant increase. But both the House of Delegates and the Senate approved the bill with more than enough votes to override a veto.
- A spokeswoman for Hogan’s office said he will “carefully review” the bill when it reaches his desk. Hogan said in a March 18 press conference that increasing the minimum wage to $15 will “devastate” Maryland’s economy by causing the state to lose 99,000 jobs $61 billion over a decade, Holden Wilen reports in the Baltimore Business Journal.