"The state of our state is strong and is growing stronger by the day," said Governor Martin O'Malley.
During O'Malley's final State of the State address, he outlined the goals and achievements from the past seven years under the O'Malley-Brown administration.
"Our goals as an administration have remained constant and true, to strengthen and grow the ranks of our middle class including our family owned business and our family farms, to improve public safety and public education and to expand opportunity to more people rather than fewer," said O'Malley.
O'Malley said he wanted a government that was accountable for its actions and discussed how they set 16 strategic goals to improve
"Not only is
And to grow the economy, O'Malley says it has to start with growing the middle class and raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016. And it's a topic that some residents support.
"That would help a lot because I feel like we all work too much and we don't get paid enough," said Felicia Rockenbaugh, a
"For me, even though it is a retail clerk, I gotta pay somebody well enough so they can survive and do a good job for me. If I'm paying right at the minimum wage I don't feel like I get the quality employees that I need," said Richard Bailey, store owner at Earthly Elements in downtown
Currently, 21 states have higher minimum wage rates than
Local lawmakers have sponsored a bill that would allow minimum wage to be determined on a county by county basis.
Governor O'Malley ended his address with the future he wanted to see in