Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will give his final State of the State address today in Annapolis.
O'Malley's final speech to a joint meeting of the General Assembly will differ greatly from his previous ones, as the governor is not seeking as sweeping an agenda in his final year in office as his previous seven. But there will still be plenty of intrigue.
Publicly O'Malley is still being coy about whether he will run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, and his words today will be closely watched to see whether they contain any clues as to what the governor's future plans may be.
As for his legislative agenda during the last General Assembly session he's in office, O'Malley is expected to talk today about raising the minimum wage in the state, the headlining piece in his package of bills sent to lawmakers this week.
Even though Democrats, who control both branches of the General Assembly, have generally supported an increase to the rate, it appears some heavy lifting will be needed to get the measure approved.