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September 15, 2020

If passed, Amendment 2 would raise Florida's minimum wage [WESH 2]

This post was last updated on September 10, 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.

Gail Paschall-Brown writes:

"Florida's Amendment 2, on the ballot this November, could bring a gradual increase to the state's minimum wage.

If approved, Florida's minimum wage would eventually increase to $15 per hour.

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"'One in four Floridians, that's about 2 1/2 million people would see a pay raise and get closer to a living wage and then, more specifically, it would help over a million households out of poverty,' Alexis Davis said [emphasis added].

Davis is the author of a recent study by Florida Police Institute, a nonpartisan think tank.

She also said raising the wage would help close racial and gender wage gaps while boosting the economy.

'As we gradually increase that wage, people will have more expendable income and they're going to go out and spend money that's going to bring revenue back to businesses, and of course boost our state economy as we get some of that sales tax revenue as well,' Davis said."

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