Raise the university minimum wage

Lynn Russo Whylly's picture

In late November, Montgomery and Prince George’s County councils voted to raise their minimum wages from the federally-mandated $7.25 to $11.50 by 2017.

At first glance, this looks like great news for University of Maryland students. Work-study jobs and others that help students stay in school and pay for basic expenses will now be more profitable, and more money per hour means that a greater amount of time can be spent on studies instead of work.

Unfortunately, this university, as a state institution, has no prerogative to raise the minimum wage for on-campus employees, and can continue to pay $7.25 an hour until the state wage floor is raised.

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