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Minimum Wage Going up a Quarter in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's minimum wage is going up a quarter, increasing from $8 to $8.25, effective on Wednesday.

The increase is one of several approved by the Maryland General Assembly last year, when then-Gov. Martin O'Malley made the increase a priority of his last legislative session as governor.

David Rucker Sr. is from Mardela Springs and he thinks the raise is much needed, however, he says it should go even higher.

"Maybe they'll look at it again and have it raised $2 because the cost of living is too much, I mean you go to the grocery store and you take twenty dollars but it doesn't buy you much of anything anymore," Rucker Sr. said.

The first increase took effect in January, when the wage went from $7.25 to $8 and it is set to go up again to $8.75 in 2016 and $9.25 in 2017.

Although many employees expressed the Maryland minimum wage should go even higher, William Jones disagrees.

"I understand what people are trying to say but if you take it higher, it hurts the employee and employers, amd eventually they are going to end up firing people and then eventually, they are going to end up just closing the business down period," Jones said.

Not only does this increase have an impact on employees, it also means something for employers. Denny Mogen is the general manager at Evolution Craft Brewing Company and Public House and although he says this hasn't changed anything for the business yet, it could in the future.

"It's a good thing in a lot of ways for a lot of people, certainly they work hard and deserve to be paid a comfortable living wage but it does put a little bit of a strain on businesses financially," Mogen said.

 Maryland minimum wage is scheduled to reach $10.10 in 2018.

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