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A coalition of religious leaders joined the governor and other top elected officials in Baltimore to call for an increase in the minimum wage.

Governor Martin O’Malley has made raising the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016 a top priority for this legislative session.

Critics have argued that increasing the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour would hurt businesses and lead to job cuts.

Mathew Hanson with the Raise Maryland Campaign counters that the effort to raise the minimum wage has many backers in the business community.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to release the state budget for the next fiscal year.

O'Malley has scheduled a news conference on Wednesday to talk about how the budget closes a budget shortfall.

The governor's office says the budget plan does not include new taxes or fee increases.

Maryland's general fund budget is about $16 billion for fiscal year 2015.

Maryland lawmakers will spend much of the legislative session working on the governor's budget proposal.

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There was a face off on CNN’s Crossfire between Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor Rick Perry.

The Texas Republican has been running ads criticizing Maryland’s business environment and inviting businesses to move to the Lone Star state.

Perry charged that Maryland lost 47-thosuand jobs in July while Texas created over 18-thousand.

But O’Malley fired back noting that the state tops the nation for median income while Texas comes in at 25th.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to allow a new casino in Prince George's County as well as table games such as poker and roulette at gambling complexes.

After the House of Delegates passed the bill 71-58 late Tuesday night, the Senate concurred early Wednesday by a vote of 32-14. The vote send the measure to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. Voters would need to approve any gambling expansion in November.