Last month, we reported on the Baltimore City bottle tax that has prompted Pepsi to cease their soda production and eliminate 70 jobs. Now, Democrats in the state legislature are proposing a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2013. This is another teachable moment for liberal economics. Amidst record unemployment, particularly among teens and part time minimum wage workers, Maryland Democrats are trying to encumber the creators of those jobs. This bill will induce long term unemployment in many low wage industries. Then again, most of those jobs are being filled by illegal aliens in Maryland anyway.
We need to continue to be vigilant during the closing weeks of the legislative session. Democrats will employ every tool in their arsenal to attenuate our state and local economy. They plan to introduce a 10-cent hike in gas taxes, an increase an vehicle registration fees, and a higher liquor tax. Maryland conservatives really need to mobilize, or be prepared to leave this socialist land of fruits and nuts.