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Gov. Martin O’Malley signed legislation Monday to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The proposed law was one of more than 200 bills approved at the State House signing ceremony.

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Gov. O’Malley said:

“It is not fair, it is not right, it is not just” for Marylanders to have to work 16-hour days while raising their children in poverty, O’Malley said.”

The increase will be gradual, raising the minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $8 Jan. 1 and $8.25 on July 1, 2015. Subsequent increases will bring it to $8.75 on July 1, 2016, $9.25 on July 1, 2017 and $10.10 on the same date in 2018.

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