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Maryland just became the sixth state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour

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  1. [4]
    alyaza
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    expect this (or the slightly less lofty $12/hr + indexing, like in colorado) to be a litmus test in the next few years for every democratic trifecta that hasn't upped its minimum wage laws yet.

    expect this (or the slightly less lofty $12/hr + indexing, like in colorado) to be a litmus test in the next few years for every democratic trifecta that hasn't upped its minimum wage laws yet.

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    1. frostycakes
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      Considering ours in CO was a voter-initiated amendment, not a legislature-passed one, that opens up a door of opportunity in those other states that allow voter initiatives/referenda, regardless...

      Considering ours in CO was a voter-initiated amendment, not a legislature-passed one, that opens up a door of opportunity in those other states that allow voter initiatives/referenda, regardless of their political makeup. Arizona passed a similar law as CO's in 2016 (complete with the $12/hr and indexing thereafter) despite being a much more conservative state, and one where such a bill would stand little to no chance in their legislature.

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      dubteedub
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      What I think is striking about Maryland taking this on is that they are not a trifecta state as Governor Hogan is a Republican. Because of this, I think this should put even more pressure on Dem...

      What I think is striking about Maryland taking this on is that they are not a trifecta state as Governor Hogan is a Republican. Because of this, I think this should put even more pressure on Dem controlled states to pass minimum wage increases.

      1. alyaza
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        well, maryland is basically a trifecta, honestly. democrats have the power to override his veto in both chambers and hogan is a moderate republican to begin with. he can still sorta do stuff, but...

        well, maryland is basically a trifecta, honestly. democrats have the power to override his veto in both chambers and hogan is a moderate republican to begin with. he can still sorta do stuff, but most of what gets done in maryland is dictated by the democratic legislature and that's been the case since hogan took office.

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