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The $15 Mistake

Last week, members of the Baltimore City Council’s Labor Committee demonstrated why the proposed $15 minimum wage legislation is a bad idea — they started writing in special exemptions. The message of these changes was clear: Raising the minimum wage above the state and federal standards simply doesn’t make sense for certain employers.

In this case, the exemptions went out to the city’s YouthWorks program and to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. No doubt the reasoning in those cases was sound — raising the wage for youth jobs, for example, would either prove too costly for the cash-strapped city or reduce the number of summer jobs available. But how many other Baltimore employers face a similar quandary and simply don’t have the political acumen or clout to get City Hall carve them out, too?

Read the full article from the The Baltimore Sun.

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