O'Malley final State of the State to pitch minimum wage

January 23, 2014|Erin Cox | The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O’Malley will deliver the final State of the State speech of his tenure Thursday in an address that recounts his seven years as governor and argues for policies to help the middle class.

The term-limited O’Malley, who is considering whether to run for president, will reflect on his time in the Governor’s Mansion as period of tough choices and progress during the economic recession, according to a senior O’Malley aide.

The governor’s speech will chronicle what he views as his top accomplishments in office, including high-ranked schools and what O’Malley considers a fundamentally different style of governing: setting specific, measurable goals and using data to determine if he met them, the aide said.

Before state lawmakers convened in joint session, O’Malley will also make a direct pitch to raise Maryland’s minimum wage in an argument framed as a way to strengthen the middle class and spark economic growth, the aide said.

The Baltimore Sun plans to live stream the speech at www.baltimoresun.com.

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