Living Wage is Back
A bill that has been dormant for weeks -- which would require state contractors to pay their employees a "living wage" -- is springing to life in the waning days of the session.
The legislation, which calls for hourly wages of $11.95, was endorsed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) in his State of the State address in January. But the bill has remained in a House committee because it appeared unlikely to advance in the Senate.
Earlier in the session, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) voiced concerns about whether the wages prescribed by the bill are warranted in all parts of the state.
In response, aides to O'Malley recently crafted amendments that would set the wage requirement at $11.30 an hour in Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and in Baltimore. The requirement would be $8.50 elsewhere.
Miller said the approach was acceptable but would defer to his chamber's finance committee chairman, Sen. Thomas M. Middleton (D-Charles). Middleton, who was summoned Tuesday for a meeting with O'Malley, said yesterday that he thinks the bill could pass before the session ends at midnight Monday.
"The governor has an interest in getting the bill passed," Middleton said. "Time is moving on, but if you get the giants lined up -- the governor, the president and the speaker -- it's amazing how fast a bill can fly."
By yesterday afternoon, a House committee had started considering the amended bill.
John Wagner and Lisa Rein
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