October 23, 2020

New coalition of Florida businesses backs Amendment 2 to raise minimum wage to $15 [Orlando Sentinel]

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.

Caroline Glenn writes:

"The debate over raising Florida’s minimum wage has largely pitted employers, who argue it would be too costly, against workers, who say they can’t live off the current $8.56 an hour. A newly formed coalition of Florida businesses that back Amendment 2 wants to change that narrative.


One recent study from the Florida Policy Institute, an Orlando-based, left-leaning think tank, estimates the passage of Amendment 2 would bring 1.3 million households out of poverty, which includes individuals who make less than $12,760 a year and some families earning less than $21,720. In all, FPI says 2.5 million part-time and full-time workers would see their pay improve under the proposal.

That study also found the increase would narrow wage gaps for women, who earn 85 cents for every dollar men are paid, and people of color, who make 60 cents for every dollar a white man makes. FPI estimated that 36% of the state’s Black workers and 34% of its Hispanic workers would see pay increases, as well as about one-third of women."


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