The term-limited governor will give his eighth State of the State speech to the Maryland General Assembly early Thursday afternoon.
O'Malley typically outlines his priorities for the legislative session in the speech. This year, the Democratic governor is placing an emphasis on raising the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2016. O'Malley also wants to index the minimum wage in 2017 to keep up with inflation.
The Democratic governor is proposing to increase the cash wage rate for tipped workers from 50 percent to 70 percent of the minimum wage.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A top Maryland budget analyst is encouraging lawmakers to create a greater budget cushion than one included in Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget plan.
Warren Deschenaux said Monday lawmakers should aim to create a fund balance of about $100 million for the next fiscal year. He says the budget submitted by O'Malley last week has about a $30-million cushion.
That's above the state's Rainy Day Fund of about $800 million, but lawmakers and analysts always aim to have that money safely set aside without needing to be tapped.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says he should have done more to see if there was underage drinking at teen beach party he visited.
Gansler, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, spoke to reporters Thursday about stopping by the June party in Delaware. He said he needed to meet his 19-year-old son to talk to about travel plans.
A photo obtained by The Baltimore Sun and published Thursday shows Gansler amid a group of partying teens. Some of the young people are dancing and there are several red plastic cups visible.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Police are criticizing Attorney General Doug Gansler for calling the commander of the executive protection section a "henchman" of Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.
Gansler, who is running for governor, said Tuesday on WJLA-TV that reports saying he misused his security detail to get him to events are "100 percent completely untrue." He accused his opponent, Brown, of "running a campaign about dirty politics," and "pulling out some memo that some henchman wrote two or three years ago."
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for House Speaker Michael Busch says he will be endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's bid to be the next governor of Maryland.
Alexandra Hughes said the speaker will announce his endorsement on Thursday in Annapolis.
Brown, a Democrat, served in the House of Delegates before Gov. Martin O'Malley chose him to be his running mate in 2005. Brown served two terms representing Prince George's County, and he rose to the position of majority whip in the chamber.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Opponents of a new gun-control measure in Maryland have filed a lawsuit to block the legislation from taking effect.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland on Thursday and seeks to stop the law from taking effect on Oct. 1. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the new law in May. It gives the state some of the nation's tightest gun laws.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is announcing $5.5 million in grants to boost digital learning and to help high school students earn college credit.
The governor made the announcement on Wednesday in Annapolis with State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery.
Six Maryland school systems are receiving a total of $3.5 million the Digital Learning Innovation Fund to help pay for initiatives like moving from textbooks to iPads and to use technology to better present content in a more personalized way to benefit students.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is planning trips to Florida, Ohio and Texas next month to boost Democratic candidates.
Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for O'Malley's political action committee, said Thursday O'Malley's primary focus will be on electing more Democratic governors. She says October will kick off an aggressive campaign schedule to do that.
O'Malley is scheduled to travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to campaign around the Florida governor's race on Oct. 8.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to release a greenhouse gas reduction plan.
The governor is attending a summit on climate change in Linthicum Heights on Thursday.
O'Malley, a Democrat, hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent in the state by 2020.
The summit will include presentations and panel discussions that feature scientists, renewable energy business leaders and elected government officials, as well as environmental and community advocates.