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Maryland House of Delegates Passes $46.7 Billion Budget

On Thursday, March 14th the Maryland House of Delegates gave initial approval to a $46.7 billion budget bill that would increase state spending by about 4.2 percent next year. The budget includes anadditional $320 million for new education initiatives recommended by the Kirwan Commission, $500 million for public school construction and a $109 million increase in funding for public colleges and universities.

State support for public schools will exceed $7 billion for the first time in a budget plan given preliminary approval Wednesday by the Maryland House of Delegates, writes Diane Rey in the The $46.7 billion sttae budget bill for fiscal year2020 also includes a 3 percent general salary increase for state workers and 5 percent increase for law enforcement officers, effective July 1st.

Source: Maryland Reporter


Maryland Senate Passes Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

Last week, the Maryland Senate passed its version of a bill to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour, advancing the measure closer to final approval. The bill now goes back to the House, which can either accept the Senate's changes from the version it passed or send the bill to a conference committee to iron out the differences.

Under the Senate's legislation, the minimum wage would increase incrementally from $10.10 to $15 by 2025 under the version of the bill passed Thursday evening. Businesses with fewer than 15 employees will have a longer timeline. For them, the minimum wage does not rise to $15 until 2028.

The House billpassed on March 1st did not give businesses with fewer than 15 employees more time. Tipped workers, such as bartenders and servers, will continue to be paid at a lower rate of $3.63 per hour. Tipped workers are paid the lower wage with tips making up the difference. Lawmakers carved tipped workers out of the bill afterhearing hours of testimony from restaurant owners last month.

DDA Providers received an increase in their rates after the House voted to reduce rate increases to 3 percent. Under the amended adopted by the Senate, the rate increases would be as follows:

FY 21 – 5%
FY 22 – 5%
FY 23 – 4.5%
FY 24 – 4%
FY 25 – 4%
FY 26 – 3%

Source: Baltimore Business Journal, People On The Go
































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