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Minimum wage vote closer to 2020 ballot after June push

A California company has been collecting petitions.

June was yet another strong month for a push toward a Constitutional Amendment that would raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026.

Lawyer John Morgan‘s firm cut three checks totaling $812,340, the second straight month of checks in that range to the sponsoring political committee (Florida for a Fair Wage)

This is a pay-as-you-go effort by Morgan, the principal donor: $816,000 went out for petition collection and verification statewide.

The amendment would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour on Sept. 30, 2021, then increase by a dollar every year through 2026.

The state’s minimum wage currently is $8.46 an hour.

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Of the 766,200 valid signatures required, the wage initiative already has 341,189, compared to 239,000 of them just a month ago.

If this trend holds, what Morgan has called his “last crusade” would be on the 2020 ballot. But headwinds could await.

In July, a new law will have effects potentially on the effort; HB 5 places “new rules and restrictions on the ballot measure process” for citizen-driven constitutional amendments.

Among the changes: out-of-state collectors are out of the game, as petition collectors will need an in-state domicile to register for said database.

Morgan’s “Fair Wage” committee has contracted with a company out of Calabasas, California, for petition collection, including $800,000 of costs in June alone.

The company (BH-AP Petitioning Partners) does not have a stand-alone website, but does share an address with an umbrella company: PCI Consultants.

It is clear that what is working for Morgan in Florida is working nationwide: “With over 20 years of experience, we’ve obtained over 65 million signatures, securing ballot placement for over 350 initiatives, referendums, and candidate nominations. We’ve developed a national network of professionals, allowing us to assist clients across the country.”

Clients, while primarily in California, are also in other places around the nation.

Written By

A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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  1. RESIST!

    July 11, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Excellent! Except – the minimum ‘living wage’ should be $18 per hour – with an automatic cost-of-living increase annually!

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