A Baltimore City councilwoman introduced a bill Monday that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke introduced the bill that was co-sponsored by eight of the 15 councilmembers. Under her bill, the minimum wage would be $15 an hour by 2020. Clarke says the bill could impact the wages of 25 percent of the city’s workforce.

The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill during the 2014 session to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by July 2018. The state’s current minimum wage is $8.25 an hour, $1 more than the federal rate. “Our great civic reawakening to the truth that there is no peace without justice,” Clarke said. “The economic justice we seek matters in raising up families and neighborhoods to their just and equal status throughout the city.” FULL REPORT