MARYLAND

Minimum wage hike coming before Md. Senate

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to raise Maryland's minimum wage is coming before the state Senate.

The Senate could take up the bill as early as Friday.

The measure phases in increases over the next several years, topping out at $10.10 in July of 2018.

It also freezes the minimum wage for tipped workers at $3.63.

An employer may pay an employee who is 19 or younger 85 percent of the minimum wage for the employee's first six months.

It includes a four-year 3.5 percent mandated increase for community service providers who work with the developmentally disabled to keep their pay above minimum wage.

Maryland's legislative session ends Monday at midnight.

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