For Immediate Release
Contact: Sara McGovern, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-986-2200
Annapolis, Md. – January 14, 2014 – Maryland Hunger Solutions joined Governor Martin O’Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Raise Maryland and workers, business owners, and faith leaders in Annapolis to support raising Maryland’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by January 1, 2016.
“We are proud to stand with Raise Maryland in support of a higher minimum wage,” said Michael J. Wilson, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions. “Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 is an important step towards reducing poverty and ending hunger in Maryland. It is simply unacceptable that here, in the wealthiest state in the nation, so many of our families are struggling just to keep food on the table. Raising the minimum wage and protecting programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will help our most vulnerable residents.”
The proposal to raise the minimum wage would incrementally increase wages from the current minimum of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2016. Beginning in 2017, the minimum wage would rise to keep pace with increases in the cost of living. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that these changes will raise the salaries of 472,000 working Marylanders, as well as insert $466 million into the state’s economy, and create more than 4,000 new jobs.
Raising the minimum wage is essential in the fight against hunger in Maryland. One in eight households throughout the state faces a constant struggle with hunger and more than 800,000 Maryland residents are enrolled in SNAP. With nearly 10 percent of Marylanders living below the poverty line, it is time for the Maryland General Assembly to increase the minimum wage.
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