The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill that gradually will raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018.
The bill is ready to be signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley.
However, there are a few drawbacks to the bill. Many are disappointed that the minimum wage will not be tied to an inflation index. Currently, about 10 other states index their minimum wages for inflation, but Maryland will be forced to legislate new raises every few years, reports the Huffington Post.
In addition to tying the federal minimum wage to inflation, Congressional Democrats want to see an increase in the federal tipped minimum wage (it has been $2.13 since 1991).