Florida voters said ‘yes’ to Amendment 2, making Florida the eighth state to pass a $15 per hour minimum wage. Floridians are making clear that it’s time to move the needle on shared prosperity: the amendment will reduce historical pay inequities experienced by women and people of color and increase the income of more than 1 in 4 Florida workers, as our recent report shows. Voters across the state recognize that it’s a critical time to boost pay for working families.
And although the national landscape remains uncertain, our priorities on the state level remain the same: removing systemic barriers to economic mobility in Florida and ensuring that those benefiting the most from our economy pay their share.
The COVID-19 crisis and economic recession have disproportionately impacted Floridians already struggling to make ends meet. Millions of households could not afford necessities — rent, child care, groceries, and the like — before the pandemic, and even for Floridians who were just getting by with enough to pay for the basics, one major life event, like a job layoff or hospitalization, could lead to financial catastrophe.
That’s why the 2021 Florida Legislature must preserve critical budget priorities, like affordable health care, while implementing revenue-raising solutions to balance the budget. Our state spends billions annually on corporate tax breaks, with little to no oversight or regular evaluation as to whether or not there is any return on investment.