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O'Malley To Appear In General Assembly To Push Higher Minimum Wage Bill

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants the state's minimum wage to rise to $10.10, but some legislators say that's too much for them.
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants the state's minimum wage to rise to $10.10, but some legislators say that's too much for them.

This week will be crucial for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley if he hopes to get the General Assembly to pass a bill to raise the minimum wage in the state.

O'Malley will go before two legislative committees this week to discuss his bill that would raise the minimum wage in the state to $10.10 per hour by the year 2016. Tomorrow afternoon, he will testify before the House Economic Matters Committee, and then on Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee.

The minimum wage increase is seen as the legislative feather in the cap for O'Malley in his final year as governor, and it's passage would certainly help him with Democratic primary voters should he decide to run for president in 2016.

But while his party dominates both branches of the General Assembly, passage of a wage hike is far from certain.

Last week, Senate President Mike Miller reiterated his earlier stance that the bill as currently constructed will likely not pass his chamber, as senators from outside the D.C. suburbs and the city of Baltimore believe a minimum wage hike at the level the governor is seeking will hurt the economy in their areas.

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