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Florida approves $15 minimum wage

Florida approves $15 minimum wage

Florida voters on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 over the next six years.

The referendum, Amendment 2, won with more than 60 percent of the vote, according to WTSP, a Tampa Bay-area CBS affiliate.

Under the amendment, the state minimum wage will be raised from $8.56 to $10 an hour beginning in September 2021. The wage will increase $1 annually through September 2026, with future increases adjusted according to inflation, according to WTSP.

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The minimum wage increase campaign Fight For 15 hailed the results of the vote, tweeting “Hats off to the efforts of the workers & volunteers in the #FLfor15 coalition. We're just getting started!”

The measure makes Florida the eighth state with a $15 minimum wage. The federal minimum wage, $7.25, has not been increased since 2009.