Osceola County considers living wage ordinance

- The Osceola County Commission is considering a proposal that would set one of the highest minimum wages for county contracts in the state. The board will decide Monday whether to raise the minimum wage to $11.66 an hour. That's almost 45 percent higher than the state's current minimum hourly wage of $8.05.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the ordinance proposed by Commissioner Mike Harford would require hourly wages for workers on county contracts be tied into the federal poverty level. For 2016, that means someone who worked 40 hours a week for the entire year on a county contract would make the poverty level of $25,250 for a family of four.  While several Florida cities have living wage ordinances, Osceola would become the fourth county to adopt a living wage.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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