A bill to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $10 an hour failed in a Senate committee vote Wednesday.
A.J. Condon, the owner of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, in Frederick, says a wage increase would drive up employer costs, causing higher prices for consumers. "Anybody that buys anything from a company that makes products that are supplied by minimum wage workers, it's going to increase the prices of those items that are being sold," said Condon. He said it could also cause possible layoffs. "And allow more jobs for people that are slightly more skilled, and that I would want to hire over someone who is unskilled," continued Condon.
Maryland's current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-3 on Wednesday against the measure.