The Maryland legislature overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hoganâ€™s veto Thursday to pass a $15 minimum wage law. The state is, theÂ Washington PostÂ reports, the first state below the Mason-Dixon line to pass such a law, and the sixth overall. Itâ€™s also theÂ third state this year, which looks a little something like momentumâ€”or the aftereffects of a blue wave.
Hoganâ€™s veto was easily overridden, despite his attempt at a compromise of an ultimate minimum wage of $12.10 by 2022. The new law isnâ€™t without its compromises, though: Tipped workers will still get a drastically lower minimum wage, and businesses with fewer than 15 employees will have until July 2026 to reach $15.
Around 573,000 Maryland workers will get a raise, according to the National Employment Law Project.Â Maryland followsÂ California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. And none of those states would have taken this step if fast-food workers hadnâ€™t gotten out in front and organized and demanded something more than was considered politically realistic.
This blog was originally published at Daily Kos on March 28, 2019. Reprinted with permission.Â