Florida has many hustlers, but sometimes working more doesn't mean earning more. Last year, the minimum wage in Florida was $8.26 and it recently went up to $8.46. Floridians continue to fight for its wages, and hopefully, the proposal to increase $15 minimum wage goes on the 2020 ballot.
But not so fast. In order to get a $15 minimum wage, Floridians will have to wait until 2026. The group that Orlando Attorney John Morgan leads helped in collecting more than 120,000 petition signatures, that will allow the Florida Supreme Court to review the petition for the 2020 ballot. Morgan's initiative to increase the minimum wage is heading to the Florida Supreme Court for review.
If the proposal goes well, this means the minimum wage will increase to $10 an hour starting September 30, 2021. So, you might be wondering, where's the $15 minimum wage increase?
Each year the minimum wage will increase by $1 until it hits $15 on September 30, 2026. Well, at least this gives Floridians some time to re-think their job status. But, the federal minimum wage is $7.25.
The income inequality in Florida has led to many people relocate out-of-state since it's difficult to sustain a normal lifestyle and yet live alone. Many people disapprove of the $15 minimum wage but Morgan agrees that this will benefit many businesses.
According to Morgan, raising the minimum wage will help businesses to retain their employees longer. Which means there will be fewer employee turnovers.
The lawyer also helped in legalizing medical marijuana in 2016. So, this time he knows how it will be handled. Florida is a city with a high cost of living and the 'fight for $15' has expanded to cities like San Francisco, downstate New York, and New Jersey.
At least, raising the minimum wage every year will give workers some hope.