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Maryland minimum wage bill passes

April 8, 2014

By  and Washington Business Journal

On the last day of the 2014 General Assembly, state lawmakers gave final passage to a bill that will eventually  raise the Maryland minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, eased the penalties for possessing marijuana, but were less generous to production companies that choose to film in Maryland.

The minimum wage bill, previously passed by the Senate Saturday, was approved Monday by the House and heads to Gov.Martin O'Malley for his final signature. The wage will gradually increase from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour in July 2018. The first hike begins in January at $8. The bill offers exemptions for seasonal amusement parks and cafes and restaurants with annual incomes below $400,000.

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