Consider this. A low minimum wage disproportionately affects women and people of color. Women were more than six in ten Maryland workers who were paid the state minimum wage or less in 2012.
In 2012, Maryland women earned only 85 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. For Black women, pay falls to 70 cents and Hispanic women earn only 45 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts.
But even though increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 is supported by 69% of Marylanders according to a recent Baltimore Sun poll, this popular measure faces an uphill battle in Annapolis.
Business interests are dead set against raising the wage and legislators are hearing from them and their lobbyists.
Speak out on behalf of the nearly 500,000 workers statewide who will benefit from a raise in the wage. Tell Speaker Busch that you want a strong and meaningful bill to pass out of committees for an up or down vote by the full General Assembly.
Don’t let the voices and needs of Maryland’s lowest paid workers – especially women — get drowned out by big business interests. If we speak together, we can raise the wage!
Call and email Speaker Busch today!
MICHAEL ERIN BUSCH, Speaker of House of Delegates
Democrat, District 30, Anne Arundel County
State House, H-101
Annapolis, MD 21401 – 1991
(410) 841-3800, (301) 858-3800
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3800 (toll free)
fax: (410) 841-3880, (301) 858-3880
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