South Florida Business Journal: Florida is one of 20 states raising its minimum wage Jan. 1

By Ashley Portero
South Florida Business Journal, Dec 30, 2020

Florida is one of 20 states that will kick off the new year by raising its minimum wage. The Sunshine State's minimum wage rises to $8.65 an hour Jan. 1, up from the current rate of $8.56. In September, the minimum wage will increase again to $10 an hour as a result of a constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters in November.

Business owners who support a higher minimum wage argue it will strengthen local workforces and boost consumer spending for the benefit of both workers and businesses.

“Paying a fair wage is one of the best things a business can do to build employee engagement and customer loyalty," said Claude Luciani, owner of Pizza Rustica in Hollywood.

Under Amendment 2, Florida's minimum wage will increase $1 each year until it reaches $15 an hour in 2026. ...

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