Rep. Tommy Gregory took aim at attorney John Morgan on Monday, describing his $15 minimum wage push as a “voter turnout trick” deployed deliberately during a presidential election year.
Gregory criticized Morgan’s intentions and his proposed wage hike during a Florida Chamber of Commerce press conference. He described the minimum wage amendment as a ploy to lure voters.
“There’s definitely not a coincidence here,” the Sarasota lawmaker said. “This is all a trick. This is a voter turnout trick and it really is insulting for either party to use a ballot amendment to try to sway an election but that’s exactly what I think has gone on here.”
Amendment 2 is a ballot initiative that would incrementally raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026. If passed by voters, Florida’s minimum wage would bump to $10 an hour in 2021 and then rise $1 each year until it hits $15.
The amendment has drawn sharp criticism from GOP lawmakers and business leaders who say the proposal will do more harm than good, particularly in the era of COVID-19.
While proponents of the amendment argue a higher minimum wage would lift thousands out of