Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to advance efforts to create a unified communications network for first responders across Maryland as part of a legislative package released Monday that includes measures to help prevent domestic violence and a proposal to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016.
O'Malley, a Democrat, wants to index the minimum wage to keep up with inflation in 2017. His proposal would increase the cash wage rate for tipped workers from 50 percent to 70 percent of the minimum wage.
"When workers earn more money, businesses will have more customers, and we'll grow Maryland's economy from the middle out," O'Malley said.