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September 1, 2021

FL is set to boost the minimum wage to $10 an hour — ‘a dramatic difference’ for low-wage workers

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.

Isaac Morgan writes:

"Later this month, Florida workers will see a significant bump to the state’s minimum wage, part of a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2020 that gradually increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2026.

The initiative means that employers will be required to pay workers a minimum of $10 per hour, beginning Sept. 30 — a substantial increase from the current minimum wage of $8.65.

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Alexis Davis, policy analyst at Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], believes the wage increase will have a positive impact on many low-wage workers in the service industry, such as Latinos, women and others from 'marginalized groups.'

'We estimate about 646,000 working Floridians will directly benefit from this pay increase this year,' Davis said. 'That’s an estimate, of course. For them, even though it’s only going up to $10 (per hour) this year, it will make a dramatic difference.'

On the other hand, some workers in Florida have already seen a bump in pay, Davis said."

Read more at floridaphoenix.com

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