November 4, 2020

Florida voters back raising minimum wage to $15 over 6 years [AP]

Mike Schneider writes:

"Florida voters on Tuesday approved raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years, which advocates say will lift the pay for hundreds of thousands of workers in the state’s service-heavy economy.

A supermajority of Florida voters approved the amendment to the Florida Constitution that will raise Florida’s minimum wage from the current $8.56 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026.

Although Florida’s current minimum wage is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, supporters of Amendment 2 said it is impossible to live on that wage given the state’s cost of living. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will increase the income of a quarter of Florida’s workforce, according to the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added].

'Floridians are making clear that it’s time to move the needle on shared prosperity,' said Sadaf Knight, CEO of the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]."


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