October 21, 2020

Voter's Guide to Amendment 2: Raising Floridaʼs Minimum Wage

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Amendment 2 seeks to gradually increase the state minimum wage from $8.56 to $15 per hour by 2026 ($11.98 for tipped employees). It would be adjusted annually based on inflation.

The Florida Legislature has never raised the minimum wage — the last wage bump from $5.15 to $6.15 was the result of a similar citizens’ ballot initiative 15 years ago.

Florida’s current system has long-failed to keep up with the state’s rising cost of living, so this boost would bring employees closer to a living wage.

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