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  • The amendment will increase the state’s current minimum wage of $8.56 per hour to $10 next year.
  • Every year after that, the minimum wage will rise by $1 until reaching $15 per hour in September 2026.
  • Florida is now the eighth state to approve a $15 minimum wage and the second-most populous state to do so.

Florida voters on Tuesday approved an amendment to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next several years. 

The ballot initiative to gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage garnered just more than the 60 percent support it needed to pass, according to The Associated Press. 


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The amendment will increase the state’s current minimum wage of $8.56 per hour to $10 next year. Every year after that, the minimum wage will rise by $1 until reaching $15 per hour in September 2026. Florida is now the eighth state to approve a $15 minimum wage and the second-most populous state to do so. 

The passage of the amendment marks a win for labor advocates who argue a minimum wage of less than $15 per hour is unlivable as the cost of living in Florida is higher than the national average. 

“Amendment 2 would lift pay for hundreds of thousands of Floridians and reverse decades of growing pay inequality,” Florida for a Fair Wage, the advocacy group that spearheaded the amendment, says on its website. “It allows individuals to take pride in their work rather than fight the endless cycle of poverty.”

But many business groups in the state have opposed the increase, arguing it would cause job losses and hurt employers who have already been slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The push toward a $15 minimum wage has gained traction nationwide in recent years and is now part of the Democratic Party’s platform. 

The House last year approved a $15 minimum wage and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has thrown his support behind the policy. President Trump has said the decision to do so should be left up to individual states. 

Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25. 


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Published on Nov 04, 2020