Maryland Senate approves minimum wage increase

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to increase the state's minimum wage.

The Senate voted 34-13 for the bill on Saturday.

It would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.00 in January. It would go up to $8.25 in July 2015; $8.75 in July 2016; $9.25 in July 2017 and $10.10 in July 2018.

The bill includes a provision to give community service providers who work with the developmentally disabled a raise to keep their salaries above the minimum wage.

That provision was added by the Senate and would need House approval to send the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has made the bill a top priority of the session.