Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), the newest member of Maryland’s congressional delegation, announced Monday that he would draw upon personal funds to launch a campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage in next year’s legislative session.
Delaney, a financier who won election in Maryland’s 6th District last year, said he remains supportive of federal legislation that would raise the minimum wage across the country. A pending bill would increase it from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2015.
But “the chances of that moving anytime soon are limited,” he said, adding that “the best way to make a difference for my constituents” is pushing state lawmakers to take action.
Delaney said the campaign would involve a grass-roots component, digital ads and more traditional media, including television, as the start of the legislative session draws closer. He said he plans to hire a campaign director and retain a media firm.
“I’m prepared to make a significant investment,” Delaney said.