Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks during a rally outside of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md, on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014. Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday night proposed raising Maryland’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016 and to index it to keep up with inflation. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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.