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Business groups have not been shy in opposing Amendment 2. Now, they’re launching an ad campaign highlighting how the amendment, which would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026, could devastate small businesses.
A three-and-a-half-minute video put out by the Amendment 2 Hurts You coalition puts small-business owners and employees in front of the camera to explain the amendment’s possible negative impacts.
The take-away: Bouncing back from the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 is already daunting but finding the cash to pay higher wages could make it impossible.
“If Amendment 2 were to pass, I’d feel devastated,” said Sandy Creek, a server and bartender at Crabby Bill’s in Pinellas County. “I worry about it now when I go home at night. Just the thought, when I heard about it, it scares me. It scares me that I’m not going to barely to make ends meet. Would I have to go get another part-time job to put food on my table?”
Nino Wardrip, general manager of Brick’s Smoked Meats in Sarasota, added, “If Amendment 2 were to pass, it would definitely