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LaShawna Tyson of Orlando tells a crowd gathered at St. Petersburg City Hall on Tuesday morning how difficult is was for her to find a job once she had been in jail as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, looks on. Kriseman announced  a new minimum wage of $12.50/hr and also announced support for the "ban the box" initiative, which excuses job candidates from having to disclose previous arrests on city job applications beginning Jan. 1. Background checks for public safety and other sensitive positions will remain in place.SCOTT KEELER | Times

Kriseman: St. Pete city workers should get at least $12.50 an hour

ST. PETERSBURG — Calling it "a step in the right direction," Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday proposed raising the minimum wage for city workers to $12.50 an hour. Flanked by Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, City Council members and community organizers on the steps of City Hall, Kriseman also announced support for the " …


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