The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Maryland “Living Wage” Law:
Politics as Usual

Apr 16, 2007

With the support of Maryland’s new Democratic governor, the state legislature recently passed a so-called “living wage” law. Larger state contractors will have to pay a minimum of $11.30 per hour in the Baltimore-Washington area. In the rest of the state, $8.50 per hour is all that is required.

Living wage? Who can support a family on $11.30 an hour–not to mention $8.50?

It’s just politics as usual, played by a governor who gets $150,000 thousand a year, plus a free car to ride around in and a dandy mansion to live in!