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Bipartisan group of Md. lawmakers looks to help businesses meet increased minimum wage

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A Maryland state lawmaker who voted for the $15 per hour minimum wage announced she is working with a bipartisan group of legislators to ensure small- and medium-sized businesses can meet the requirements to pay the new wage by 2026.
In a statement released Tuesday, state Sen. Katie Fry Hester said, while it was important to help employees do well with the wage increase, it is “a fundamental mistake if we think we can require more out of our small businesses without looking at options to help them.”

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Md. Gov. Hogan blasts House budget, minimum wage hike bills

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said this General Assembly session stands to be the worst in Maryland history if a controversial bill and House budget are successful.

In Annapolis on Monday, the Republican governor took aim at the recently passed $46.7 billion state House budget bill, which calls for a big spike in education funding, and another piece of legislation that seeks to raise the minimum wage.

“This is exactly the kind of reckless, unsustainable and irresponsible behavior that we have been working so hard to reverse,” Hogan said.

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