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Sen. Thomas M. "Mac" Middleton is the sponsor of Senate Bill 890, which proposes to increase the increasing the state reimbursement for hourly wages paid to direct support staff to a rate that is at least 50 percent higher than minimum wage. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Senators grapple with minimum wage bill (access required)

Progress in the state Senate on a bill that would increase the minimum wage in Maryland hinges on a deal to increase wages for people who care for the developmentally disabled.