Newsweek: Florida Passes $15 Minimum Wage, Becomes Eighth State to Do So

By Daniel Villarreal
Newsweek, Nov 3, 2020

Florida just became the eighth U.S. state to raise its minimum wage to $15, thanks to the passage of Amendment 2. ...

California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have all passed various legislation to raise their minimum wages to $15. All of the plans, like Florida's involve a gradual phasing in of the increased wage.

Supporters of Florida's amendment said it would lift millions of low-wage employees out of poverty, including women and people of color who disproportionately work longer in lower-wage positions. A September 2020 report from the liberal-leaning think-tank Florida Policy Institute said Amendment 2 could help bring 1.3 million households out of poverty. ...

Supporters of Amendment 2 included the groups Democracy for America, the Florida AFL-CIO, Florida Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, the League of Women Voters of Florida and the progressive non-profit organization Organize Florida.

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