Florida Voters Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

The change will be slowly phased in, reaching the full $15 by 2026.

November 06, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—This week, Florida voters said yes to an amendment that will hike the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, the Washington Post reports. The ballot initiative, Amendment 2, won by 61%.

The initiative will scale up the minimum wage from its current $8.56 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026. Maryland (2024), New Jersey (2024), Illinois (2025) and Connecticut (2023) are also in the process of raising their minimum wage to $15. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. 

In Florida, John Morgan, a lawyer and businessman, spent more than $15 million of his own cash in support of the initiative. “What I personally believe the unrest in America is really all about … income inequality,” he said. “Every great society can crumble because the haves have too much and the have-nots don’t have enough.”

Scott Fuhrman, who owns a juice company, supported the measure, and he began paying his nearly 100 employees $15 an hour several years ago. “We saw an immediate reduction in errors and turnover to some extent,” Fuhrman said. “We have to put more money into the pockets of the people who are going to go spend it.”

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