LAKE MARY, Fla. - Under Amendment 2, Florida voters will decide whether to raise the minimum wage from $8.56 to $15 by 2026.
Amendment 2 raises the minimum wage to $10 per hour effective September 30 of next year. Each subsequent year, the minimum wage will increase by $1 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour on September 30, 2026.
Moving forward, future minimum wage increases will be adjusted annually for inflation, beginning in 2027.
Florida is one of 25 states increasing the minimum wage for 2020. According to a recent Monmouth survey, Sunshine State voters appear to approve by a wide margin. Nearly 70% of registered voters surveyed said they support raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2026. It only needs 60% to pass.
Opponents, such as the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FLRA), say passage of the amendment would be a blow to an industry that is already suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.
“Prior to COVID, Amendment 2 was not a good idea, but post-COVID, it would be a catastrophic idea," said FLRA president and CEO Carol Dover. "It's going to force a lot of businesses who do find a way to stay open... they are going to go to automation."
According to the FRLA, before the pandemic, Florida’s hospitality industry employed about 1.5 million people, but post-pandemic nearly 1 million of those workers have been laid off or furloughed.