Martin O'Malley
Democrat

Martin O'Malley's policies onJobs & Economy

Raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour

O’Malley has called for raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, indexed to inflation. In addition, he supports efforts to ensure that local minimum wages are “living wages”. That means a full-time worker should make at least double the annual fair-market rent of a one-bedroom apartment in the area in which she works. When minimum-wage workers earn more, they rely less on rental assistance and other supportive programs, while spending more money at local businesses that create local jobs.

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