A bill to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $10 an hour failed in a Senate committee vote Wednesday, its sponsor said.
The Raise Maryland campaign, part of a national effort, sought to increase the state's minimum per-hour wage from $7.25 to one of the highest rates in the country. The organization said had the minimum wage been raised with inflation over the past 40 years, it would be $10.67.
voted unfavorably on the measure. One committee member said it failed in an 8-3 vote.
A companion bill has been introduced in the House of Delegates, but a committee vote has not been scheduled.
"I see better hopes for next year," Sen. Rob Garagiola, a
Democrat who sponsored the bill, said in a message, adding that "the groundwork had been laid."