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September 30, 2021

First of six annual minimum wage increases goes into effect

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.

Anne Geggis writes:

"The new minimum wage for non-tipped workers will be $10 an hour.

Minimum wage workers are getting a 15% raise Thursday when Amendment 2 begins taking effect.

The measure, which voters passed in November 2020 to eventually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, raises the state’s minimum wage from $8.65 per hour to $10; then boosts it by $1 each year until 2026.

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The Florida Policy Institute [emphases added] estimates, however, the minimum wage hike will benefit more than one in four Florida residents by the time it’s fully implemented in 2026.

'As many as 646,000 Floridians … should see their wages increase during the initial phase-in to $10 per hour,' said Sadaf Knight, CEO of the Florida Policy Institute [emphases added], a nonpartisan, nonprofit whose mission is to improve economic mobility. “This will help lift households out of poverty and reduce pay inequities long experienced by women, people of color, and immigrants."

Read more at floridapolitics.com

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