Friday, April 06, 2007

A Tail of Two Wage Bills.

Legislators introduced two interesting wage bills in this General Assembly session. One "living wage bill" raises the minimum wages for employees working for state-government contractors. The other bill seeks to limit executive compensation to a maximum of thirty times a company's lowest paid worker. (Thanks to Trevor Rosen at the Maryland Law Blog for pointing me to the executive compensation bill)

A vote on a living wage bill is expected today. According to the Daily Record:

The House of Delegates is expected to vote Friday on House Bill 430, which would make Maryland the first state to require companies with state contracts to pay the living wage. The wage would apply to workers on contracts worth $100,000 or more and would be set at $11.30 an hour for contracts performed in Baltimore City and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. State contracts in the remaining counties would require workers to be paid $8.50 an hour.

The executive compensation bill appears unlikely to make it out of Committee.

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