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Higher minimum wage clears hurdle in Baltimore...barely

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P. Kenneth Burns
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Baltimore City is one step closer to raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour.  But it’s not clear if there will be enough votes next week to make it final.  City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke’s proposal squeaked by in a preliminary vote Monday.

But that vote, 7-4 with three abstentions, was one short of the number needed for final passage.

Clarke along with Council Vice President Ed Reisinger, Councilmen Brandon Scott, Bobby Curran, Bill Henry, Nick Mosby and Sharon Green Middleton voted yes.

Council President Jack Young, Councilmen Warren Branch, Eric Costello and RikkiSpector voted no.  Councilmen Carl Stokes, Pete Welch and Helen Holton abstained.  Councilman Jim Kraft was out of town.

The final vote is expected next Monday.

WYPR’s Kenneth Burns joined Morning Edition host Nathan Sterner to lay it all out.

"If radio were a two-way visual medium," Nathan would see WYPR listeners every weekday between 5am and 3pm. Weekday mornings, Nathan serves up the latest Maryland news and weather (interspersed with the occasional snarky comment). Nathan also does continuity breaks through the midday, adds audio flaire to Sheilah Kast's "On The Record," infrequently fills in for Tom Hall on "Midday," does all sorts of fundraising stuff, AND "additional tasks where assigned". When not at WYPR, Nathan teaches a class on audio documentary at Towson University, and spends their spare time running around Baltimore's neighborhoods and hiking around Maryland's natural areas. Before coming to WYPR, Nathan spent 8 years at WAMU in Washington -- working every job from part-time receptionist to on-air host, gaining experience in promotions, fundraising, audience analysis, and program production. They've also served as a fundraising consultant, assisting dozens of public radio stations nationwide with on-air fundraisers. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Nathan has called Charm City home since 2005.