SALISBURY, Md. - A potential minimum wage hike is now on the table in Maryland.
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) made it clear he is pushing to raise it to $10.10 an hour by 2016 with automatic increases after that to keep pace with inflation. According to the Economic Policy Institute, nearly half a million Marylanders would benefit from the increase, with more than $400 million more in their pockets in the next two years
But lawmakers opposed to the idea say more money could cause more problems.
"When you raise the minimum wage, you create a lot more problems than you actually solve," said Del. Mike McDermott (R). "We've already heard from a lot of different people that represent large employers where people do make minimum wage where they know they're going to have to cut back on employees."
WMDT spoke to local tax payers about the issue and asked them, should minimum wage be raised?
William Lenhardt says he's for a pay raise and that "the cost of living is very high so yes they should raise it."
I think it's difficult for people to make ends meet," said Marilyn Neat. "Things are expensive and people work very hard."
"In terms of just businesses, it might have an impact that would cause the price of goods to go up," said Brian Daniels.
Two Maryland counties already passed bills to raise minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017, but neither is located on the Eastern Shore.