TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) – Tuesday’s election brought good news for minimum wage workers in Florida.
After a $5.2 million campaign— Florida For a Fair Wage— by Orlando attorney John Morgan to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage from $8.56 to eventually reach $15, Amendment 2 passed with just more than 60 percent of the vote.
The referendum will increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour beginning on Sept. 30, 2021, eventually reaching $15 by Sept. 2026.
Florida’s average income is only 87.4% of the national average, largely because there are so many low-wage service industry employees in the state. There are 123,000 workers at or below minimum wage in the state, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The only state with a higher number of employees making minimum wage or less is Texas.
Florida is the eighth state to enact legislation that will eventually raise minimum wage to $15. Here’s a look at how those referendums are enacted in other states:
By 2027, the measure will increase wages by $540 million for state and local government employees, according to a memo by the Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research.
California: Effective since Jan. 2017, California