While it’s not a lock just yet, a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour is all but on the ballot.
The most recent stats for the ballot initiative from attorney John Morgan‘s Florida For A Fair Wage political committee show the committee needs just over 20,000 votes to hit the November ballot.
Of the 766,200 signatures needed, 745,880 have already been verified.
The minimum wage, currently $8.46 an hour, would increase to $10 an hour on Sept. 30, 2021, and then would raise a dollar more a year until 2026.
Morgan and his law firm, Morgan and Morgan P.A., have contributed most of the over $4.5 million raised by the committee.
As it has become clear that the amendment will make the ballot, where it must be approved by 60 percent of voters, the financial infusions slowed in August.
The committee reported fundraising of just under $375,000 last month.
September campaign finance totals are due by Oct. 10, at which time it’s entirely possible the remaining petitions will be verified.
Morgan, a veteran of ballot initiative campaigns, knows that making the ballot is just one step toward ratification.
“There is no doubt in my mind that is an uphill battle,” Morgan said in an email to supporters earlier this summer.
“But just like there were hundreds of thousands of families with sick children or parents that needed medical marijuana, there are hundreds of thousands of Floridians earning the minimum wage that cannot afford to live in Florida. We must fight so that all Floridians can have the dignity of earning a fair wage for a hard day’s work.”
Reaching the 766,200 threshold will not be a surprise.
Democratic consultant Ben Pollara, who is working to push the amendment, tweeted weeks ago that more than 1 million signatures had been collected.
South Florida correspondent Ryan Nicol and the News Service of Florida contributed reporting to this post, republished with permission.
September 27, 2019 at 9:58 am
Absolutely, cause the state needs fewer jobs out there and hamburger should cost $10…..
September 27, 2019 at 12:33 pm
GOOD that there’s finally some movement on the issue. But, the “living wage” argument has been going on for so long that $15 per hour doesn’t cut it anymore! Do the arithmetic. It now takes $18+ per hour … and given the prices for essentials in Florida … it will soon become $20. Florida’s history as a low-pay state (Florida teachers’ wages are currently 48th out of 50 states plus D.C.) is becoming a serious problem for all the working people here who cater to the retirees, snowbirds, and tourists. Over-development and under-paid is the kiss of economic death.
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