- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates has approved phasing in an increase in the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2017.

The House voted 89-46 for the measure on Friday.

The bill would increase the minimum wage to $8.20 in January. It would rise to $9.15 in January 2016 and $10.10 in January 2017.

The measure as amended by the House does not include an indexing for inflation that Gov. Martin O’Malley had supported for future years after 2017. The bill is a top priority of the Democratic governor this session.

The measure also keeps an exemption for restaurants and bars that make less than $250,000 a year from paying minimum wage.

The bill now goes to the state Senate.

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