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Minimum wage increase good; living wage better

Crist reminds readers that although the state is rebounding economically, the hard times are not quite over yet for everyone. Crist's op-ed is as follows:

"Right before Rick Scott was elected in 2010, he was asked about the minimum wage in Florida. He didn't know what it was. Then, when he found out that the people of our state were receiving a 6-cent increase in 2011, he said he was disappointed. I'm sure he'll be equally disappointed to read that despite his objections, the minimum wage in Florida will increase to $7.93 an hour on the first of the year.

"This is good news. Higher salaries mean more Floridians can provide for their families, buy more essentials, and also try to get ahead. And we should do more. Displaced workers and low-wage workers deserve to earn a living wage. Unfortunately, Rick Scott just doesn't seem to get it."

Source: SaintPetersBlog coverage of 2014 Florida gubernatorial race , Dec 31, 2013

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