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Fla. minimum wage to increase

PENSACOLA -- Some good economic news for minimum wage earners, that paycheck is about to go up thanks to a statewide minimum wage increase.

When the clock strikes twelve, and the 2014 calendar year officially begins that means more money for 416,000 low wage workers in Florida.

Florida is one of 13 states boosting its minimum wage come January.  The wage is going up to $7.93 cents an hour.

"I think that's a good increase but at the same time I don't think that's enough for a one to be able to support themselves and if they have a family, support their family.  I think it needs to be higher than that" said Ben Ronan, Pensacola.

"I'm sure they're going to have to pass that cost onto the customer but that's expected, inflation and all of that" said Natalie Ronan, Pensacola.

Tipped workers will be getting $4.91 cents an hour, good news to Ashley McCombs.

"I think it's a positive thing for servers especially since a lot of their salaries come from tips" said Ashley McCombs, Georgio's Server.

"If you try to nickel and dime an employee, that's usually the performance you'll get" said Carl Hixon, Georgio's Pizza Owner.

Carl Hixon owns Georgio's Pizza.  He pays most of his employees a little more than the minimum.  He says paying more encourages his employees to work harder.  It also makes it easier to keep pace with wage increases since it changes every year based on the cost of living index.

"When it goes up a little bit we might tighten up a little. You might see me out here cooking a little more, but it's not going to keep me from bumping up the other employees a little more that aren't minimum wage" said Hixon.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.