New poll shows Floridians back amendment to raise minimum wage

More than 63 percent of Florida voters say they would support an amendment to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, according to a new survey from St. Pete Polls.

Proponents of the measure are pushing for it to appear on the 2020 ballot. A political committee called Florida For A Fair Wage, backed by Orlando lawyer John Morgan, is behind the ballot effort.

Florida’s minimum wage currently sits at $8.46 per hour. That’s more than a dollar above the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour.

The amendment would initially raise that number to $10 per hour starting in 2021. The minimum wage would then go up by $1 per hour each year until it hit $15 an hour in 2026.

Starting in 2027, the minimum wage would then rise in concert with inflation rates.

Florida voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment establishing a state minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum wage. The state minimum wage increases yearly because it is tied to inflation.

According to St. Pete Polls, Democrats easily approved the initiative, with 79 percent saying they would support it. Just 13 percent said they would

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