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      Maryland to vote on minimum wage increase

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A panel of Maryland lawmakers has voted to keep a phased-in minimum wage increase statewide.

      The House Economic Matters Committee voted Monday to reject a two-tiered proposal that would have raised the minimum wage less in smaller counties in the state.

      That keeps a proposed phase-in from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016 statewide.

      The panel also voted to take out a proposal that would have indexed future increases to adjust for inflation.

      The committee is working toward voting on the measure Monday to send the bill to the House of Delegates.