Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will spend his final legislative session pushing to hike the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, with future increases tied to inflation.
O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D), the governor’s hand-picked successor, said Tuesday the administration would sponsor the wage hike legislation. Our colleague John Wagner reports:
The issue has become a priority this election year for many leading Democrats, including two of Brown’s opponents in the June Democratic primary: Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery).
Legislative leaders say there are still details to be worked out, including whether to allow individual jurisdictions to have a higher minimum wage than the state. Both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties recently passed plans to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017.
O’Malley has said he is supportive of those efforts.
Maryland’s minimum wage is equal to the federal $7.25 an hour mark.