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4 Nov 2020

Michelle Cheng, Quartz

Florida is 8th state in the US to adopt a $15/hour minimum wage

Florida is the eighth state to adopt an eventual $15-an-hour pay floor, joining California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York—plus Washington DC... Raising the minimum wage is generally popular among American voters. Florida is the only conservative-leaning state to pass a $15 minimum wage... [T]he $15 wage floor passed with nearly 61% of the vote... Last year, the US House of Representatives passed a plan to gradually lift the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, but the Republican-controlled Senate refused to take it up. The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since 2009... [T]he new amendment would raise the wages of 2.5 million Floridians, or more than 26% of the state’s workforce.

... Many local governments also have increased minimum wages. At least 21 cities, including San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles, have raised their hourly wage floors to $15 or more. Meanwhile, five states—Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee— have not adopted a state minimum wage...