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Source: Douglas Sacha / Getty is reporting that the Baltimore City Council deferred a much-anticipated vote on Monday to phase in a $15 hourly minimum wage for the city and instead agreed to send the bill back to committee.

The parliamentary maneuver came after supporters failed to secure the eight votes needed to pass the minimum wage bill.

The bill survived a preliminary vote last week, but three councilmembers abstained and one was absent during that hearing.

Mecca Lee, a nursing home employee who works in Baltimore City, had hoped the council would have approved the $15 hourly minimum wage to be phased in by 2022.

“Upset, not really disappointed, a little let down,” said Lee after watching the vote that sent the bill back to a committee.

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