Bexar County to Examine Minimum Wage Increase

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - One of the largest counties in Texas is considering a minimum wage increase for its workers.

The Bexar County Commissioners Court directed the county manager on Tuesday to examine the feasibility of raising the minimum wage from $11.47 an hour to $13. The change, if approved, would impact 400 county employees and go into effect for the 2016 budget year. The statewide minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

A coalition of church, school and union groups lobbied for the move at the meeting. They hope the increase would encourage the city of San Antonio and local employers to similarly raise wages.

Administrators will report back in January.