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Maryland's minimum wage is currently $7.25, but the General Assembly will debate various measures to raise it.
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Maryland's minimum wage is currently $7.25, but the General Assembly will debate various measures to raise it.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will headline a rally this evening in Annapolis on raising the minimum wage in the state.

O'Malley, as well as Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, will speak at the rally hosted by Raise Maryland, a group that is seeking to raise Maryland's minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by the year 2016 and then have the wage rise annually with the inflation rate.

The majority of the Montgomery County delegation in the General Assembly has already endorsed this plan. Prior to today both O'Malley and Brown have supported raising the state's minimum wage, but have not endorsed a specific number for the rate to rise to.

Late last year, both the Council's in the state's two largest counties — Montgomery and Prince George's — passed bills that would raise the minimum wage locally to $11.50 per hour by the year 2017.

Brown's two rivals for the Democratic nomination to be Maryland's next governor — Attorney General Doug Gansler and Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur — also support minimum wage hikes, but have not detailed a specific rate it should increase to.

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