The Maryland legislature approved raising the state’s minimum wage on Monday to $10.10 an hour, equaling the highest state rate in the nation and drawing praise from President Barack Obama.
The Democratic-controlled House of Delegates approved passage, 87 to 47, and sent the bill to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, who had made the measure a priority and is expected to sign it.
Maryland’s minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour and was last raised in 2006. The bill would raise it in stages to $10.10 in July 2018. Connecticut last month passed legislation raising its minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017.