Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will include a bill that would raise the minimum wage in the state to $10.10 per hour by the year 2016 in his package of legislation sent to the General Assembly.
Including the minimum wage hike in his legislative package is a big coup for supporters of the measure, whom O'Malley joined at a rally on Lawyers Mall in front of the statehouse in Annapolis on Tuesday.
Prior to the rally, O'Malley voiced support for raising the minimum wage — which currently stands at $7.25 — but did not pick a number the rate should increase to. At the rally he called the argument that raising the minimum wage would mean employers would hire fewer workers or lay people off "poppycock."
"Now say it with me... We all do better when we're all doing better!", he said.
The bill has a couple major differences than the minimum wage hikes passed locally in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. It doesn't go as high as the $11.50 per hour by the year 2017 the state's two largest counties approved, but it does index the minimum wage to the inflation rate each year after 2016.