- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Pinellas County Commissioner has proposed increasing the minimum wage for county employees to $12.50 an hour.

Commissioner Ken Welch asked the county administrator to see what needs to be done to increase the wages of the county’s lowest-paid employees. He said it would affect about 38 of the county’s approximately 1,800 employees.

Welch’s proposal comes as the city of St. Petersburg instituted a $12.50 minimum wage as of Jan. 1 for all full-time employees and part-time employees with at least five years of service.

The Tampa Tribune (https://bit.ly/1II4kHB) reports that commissioners agreed with Welch’s proposal, which Chairman John Morroni said would cost the county about $150,000 a year.

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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, https://www.tampatrib.com

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