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Raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour? Here’s who gains and who loses

December 13, 2019 | Filed under: CareerSource Broward News

Via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

You’ve probably seen the protesters and signs calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage nationally. Now there’s a Florida bid to increase the minimum wage. Potentially before voters in 2020, a proposed constitutional amendment would gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026. It has more than the required number of signatures — 769,000 — to be on the ballot. The Florida Supreme Court only has to sign off on the language.

Mason C. Jackson, President/CEO of CareerSource Broward, said job loss is an argument that is made every time a minimum wage increase is proposed. He thinks businesses would absorb a gradual increase, as long as they’re seeing good business growth.

"If your labor force can’t afford to live here, they’re going to go to other places. Businesses are going to have to figure out a way to pay a higher wage and a living wage,” he said.

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