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John Morgan pours another $154K into minimum wage drive

Setting the stage for a possible ballot proposal in 2020, Orlando attorney John Morgan last month put more than $154,000 into an effort to raise Florida’s minimum wage, according to a finance report posted online Thursday.

The $154,230 contribution from Morgan’s firm, Morgan & Morgan P.A., went to the political committee Florida For A Fair Wage.

Since December, the Morgan firm has funneled $478,158 to the committee — all the money the committee has raised.  The committee, which is chaired by Morgan, is backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $10, effective Sept. 30, 2021, and then raise it $1 a year until it is $15 on Sept. 30, 2026.

A deadline has passed to get initiatives on the 2018 ballot, but Morgan’s committee could try to place the measure on the 2020 ballot.

Morgan also spearheaded efforts to pass a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida.

As an indication of the preparations for a ballot drive, the committee spent $165,855 in April — with almost all of it going to AAP Holding Company, LLC, a petition firm. To make it onto the 2018 ballot, initiatives were required to have 766,200 petition signatures. That required number is expected to change for the 2020 ballot.

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