Advocates for a higher minimum wage plan Tampa Bay protest Tuesday

Published July 23 2012
Updated July 23 2012

Advocates for a higher minimum wage are planning protests in 30 cities this week marking the third-year anniversary of the last increase to the federal minimum wage. The local rally will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday outside the office of U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young at 9210 113th St. in Seminole. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour — but in Florida, that's trumped slightly by the state minimum wage of $7.67 per hour. The protests come in the wake of an Associated Press survey of economists that indicates the country is on track to reach the highest poverty rate since the 1960s.