Governor Martin O'Malley has said boosting the minimum wage is the top priority of this year's legislative session.
Tuesday night, O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown appeared at a rally with members of Raise Maryland, a group of union leaders, clergy and immigrant advocates that is pushing for the minimum wage.
Matthew Hanson, campaign director of Raise Maryland wants the minimum wage raised to $10.10 an hour, by 2016. It also wants the minimum wage tied to the federal inflation rate. It would also require that workers who earn tips be paid 70% of the minimum wage. Current law requires those workers be paid 50%.