Gov. Wes Moore (D) on Monday launched his campaign to automatically hike the state’s minimum wage, arguing that tying increases to inflation would reduce child poverty and loosen the tight labor market. It appears to be a tough sell, even to fellow Democrats. Key leaders said they are skeptical of putting wage policy on autopilot and of stripping the Democratic-dominated General Assembly of the power to set all future hikes, even as they may support accelerating a planned $15 minimum-wage hike by two years.
Wes Moore wants automatic minimum-wage hikes. Not all Democrats agree.
February 28, 2023