Sixth District Congressman John Delaney is planning to push for a minimum wage increase in Maryland. "Raising the minimum wage, which right now in Maryland is $7.25 an hour, is one of the most direct ways of helping working families succeed. I think we should be focused on two things. One we should be focused on making our businesses more competitive, and 2, we should be making sure workers benefit from that, and the easiest way to do that is raise the minimum wage," said Delaney. "Raising the minimum wage on a Federal level is hard to do. I feel like the Federal minimum wage increase is not going to go anywhere in Congress, so I felt like the best way to make a difference for my constituents is to do something in Maryland," continued Delaney
An effort to raise the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2015 failed to pass a Senate committee in this year's legislative session.
"I'm going to put together a campaign to influence the debate on the minimum wage in Maryland," he said. "We are not backing a specific proposal right now. We just think we have maximum leadership on this issue. I plan on putting a significant amount of resources against this, and really get a grassroots effort going, and really put pressure on the Maryland Legislature, because I think the citizens really want to see this. There's almost 20 states in the country that have higher minimum wages than Maryland, and Maryland is a pretty high cost of living state," he continued.