Minimum wage set to increase in Florida, new amendment aims to raise wages to $15 an hour

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Florida is no stranger to minimum wage raises.

The minimum wage is set to increase in 2020. (MGN)

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the state has seen its minimum wage go up every year since 2017, with 2020 seeing a jump of about ten cents.

While to some it may not seem like much, to others it can help out with additional expenses.

Trudy White of Dat Cajun Place said, “I think it gives everybody a little boost, just to say they get a raise. We only have four or five people here making minimum wage. Most are making more than that."

2019 saw a 21 cent raise, so while the number is lower this year, restaurant officials say over time it all starts to add up.

A major change is on the way to voters' ballots in 2020.

The Fair Wage Amendment aims to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2021 and slowly raise it to $15 an hour by 2026.

Some say while employees would get paid more, prices could also rise.

White added, "What we would have to do to incorporate that would be to go up on our prices. We couldn't afford to stay where we're at right now and pay $15 minimum wage to everyone that works here."

Those for the amendment say they wish to bring everyone in Florida working on minimum wage up to what they call a living wage.

Florida for a Fair Wage sent us a statement saying in part,
"Amendment 2, The Fair Wage Amendment, would reverse decades of growing income inequality... This injection of new capital will help stimulate Florida's broader economy and benefit workers' communities as the extra earnings are spent locally."

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