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Minimum Wage Going Up in D.C., Maryland

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    Even as D.C. celebrates raising the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour, there are efforts to raise it to $15. Tom Sherwood reports. (Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015)

    The latest minimum wage increase is now in effect in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. 

    As of Wednesday, the minimum wage in the nation's capital is $10.50 an hour. That's higher than in any state, although a handful of cities have approved minimum wages higher than the District's.

    The D.C. Council approved the minimum-wage increase in late 2013, and then-mayor Vincent Gray signed it the following year. The wage increased to $9.50 an hour last July. Next July, it will increase by one more dollar to $11.50.

    Mayor Muriel Bowser will discuss the increase at a news conference on Wednesday.

    In Maryland, minimum wage increased by a quarter to $8.25. 

    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.

    The first increase took effect in January, when the wage went from $7.25 to $8.

    It is set to go up again to $8.75 in 2016 and $9.25 in 2017. It is scheduled to reach $10.10 in 2018.