The minimum wage in Maryland will go from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 in 2018.
The hike in hourly wages will be made gradually — edging up to $8 an hour on Jan. 1, 2015 and $8.25 on July 1, 2015. After that, it goes up in 50 cent increments in 2016 and 2017, and hits $10.10 on July 1, 2018.
The move makes Maryland the second state in a month to match Congressional Democrats’ proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, which has become one of President Obama’s latest battle cries.
The President has encouraged mayors, governors and state legislators not to wait for Congress