I have added my name as a co-sponsor of this important legislation. I share the belief that hard working hourly employees deserve a living wage. To that end, I applaud the intent of this bill.

However, I have some reservations and concerns about the implementation and impact the legislation may have on Baltimore’s small business community and its overall competitiveness when compared to surrounding jurisdictions.

I look forward to a thoughtful and inclusive dialogue in which all stakeholders have a seat at the table. It is my sincere hope that the introduction of this legislation will result in a robust discussion and debate on this critically important issue.