September 1, 2021

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

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.


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."


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