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S.C. mayor calls for firefighter pay raise

In his state of the city address, the mayor said firefighters need a 6.6 percent pay hike

By Tony Santaella

Columbia, S.C. — Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin held his annual "State of the City" address Wednesday night, where he touted the city's achievements and called for a pay raise for firefighters.

Benjamin held his address at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The mayor spent much of the address talking about the city's economy, and plans to continue Columbia's growth into a premier city in the South. Benjamin highlighted the 22 businesses that have moved to downtown since he took office in 2010.

However, Benjamin said the city needs to give firefighters a 6.67 percent increase in pay. He says in the last seven years, the city's lost 60 percent of its fire personnel, and a higher salary could stop those losses.

Full story: Mayor calls for firefighter pay raise in 'state of city'

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