From the Former Maryland site:
What: Rally with faith leaders, anti-poverty advocates and human service providers along with elected officials to support raising Marylands minimum wage
Who: Gov. Martin O’Malley, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, faith leaders, low-wage workers, anti-poverty advocates, human service providers and supporters of a minimum wage increase
Where: St. Vincent de Paul, 120 North Front Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
When: Monday, February 3rd, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to noon
Editors note: This event will feature great visuals as leaders of several faith groups meet with Governor O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in front of a group of supporters.
BALTIMORE – A diverse group of faith leaders and anti-poverty advocates from across the state will rally in support of raising the state’s minimum wage on Monday, February 3 with Governor Martin O’Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at St. Vincent de Paul in Baltimore.
Along with the Governor and the Mayor, speakers will include: Bishop Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore; Reverend Dr. Harlie Walden Wilson, II, Pastor, Israel Baptist Church, Baltimore; The Rev. Dr. Carletta Allen, Asbury UMC; Bill McCarthy, Executive Director, Catholic Charities; Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg, Beth Am, Baltimore; Michael J. Wilson, Director, Maryland Hunger Solutions; Adam Schneider, Maryland Alliance for the Poor; and Kevin Lindamood, President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless.
Governor O’Malley has introduced legislation in the Maryland General Assembly to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 and index it to the cost of living so it doesn’t lose value over time. The measure also includes a raise for tipped workers, increasing their pay from 50 to 70 percent of the minimum wage.
Research has found that approximately 472,000 Marylanders would benefit from the increase, putting $466 million more in their pockets in the next two years. At the same time, businesses would benefit from nearly half a billion dollars in new consumer spending and would create more than 4,000 new full-time jobs as they expand to meet increased demand.