Raise the university minimum wage

Lynn Russo Whylly's picture
Thursday, December 12, 2013

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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