House Minority Caucus Asks Governor to Veto Wage Increase Bill

News Release, House Minority Caucus

Citing Concerns Bill Will Hurt the Very People It Claims to Help

Annapolis, MD: The House Minority Caucus this morning sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan requesting his veto of House Bill 166 and Senate Bill 280, legislation increasing Maryland’s Minimum Wage to $15.00 per hour. The letter outlined the Caucus’ strong misgivings with the legislation, including concerns that increasing Maryland’s minimum wage will likely reduce the number of available jobs and harm the very people it aims to help. The letter was sent by House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga, on behalf of the entire House Minority Caucus. 

“We all want people to make more money, allowing them to provide for their families and achieve their goals”, said House Minority Leader Nic Kipke. “However we face a harsh reality that with this forced wage increase jobs will disappear, either because businesses reduce their number of employees to stay afloat, businesses relocate to another state, or businesses close altogether. Higher wages do not matter if the jobs themselves disappear.”

The letter also highlights the manner in which some members of the General Assembly treated the pleas of small business owners, including the accusation that they were “crying wolf” when expressing concerns with the legislation. 

“We have worked under a belief that the majority party in the General Assembly simply does not understand the impact these changes have to businesses”, said House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga. But it has become increasingly obvious that it is not that they do not understand, but rather that many of our colleagues simply seem not to care about the tremendous negative impact of their actions. That is terribly unfortunate.”

The full text of the letter is available here

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