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Congressman Crist: Floridians Deserve A Raise

Rep. Charlie Crist helped the U.S. House pass the Raise The Wage Act. But the bill is unlikely to be heard by the Senate.
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Rep. Charlie Crist helped the U.S. House pass the Raise The Wage Act. But the bill is unlikely to be heard by the Senate.
Rep. Charlie Crist helped the U.S. House pass the Raise The Wage Act. But the bill is unlikely to be heard by the Senate.
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Rep. Charlie Crist helped the U.S. House pass the Raise The Wage Act. But the bill is unlikely to be heard by the Senate.

The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would gradually boost the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by the year 2025.

"We haven’t had a raise in the minimum wage in the United States for ten years now, and certainly workers all across the country and particularly in Florida deserve a raise," says Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg). He voted in favor of the bill.

"Things are getting more expensive all the time. It’s harder and harder to make ends meet, and this is just the right thing to do for the American people to help them out.”

The bill isn’t likely to get a hearing in the U.S. Senate. Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a minimum wage increase would depress the booming economy. President Donald Trump has also said he would veto the bill.

"Some of these people I think are really not in touch with what's happening in the overall economy," Crist says. "The stock market may be doing well and people with 401(k)s may be happy, but not every American is participating in that and they don't have financial advisors. They're having financial difficulties."

Most states, including Florida, have minimum wages above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.  Florida’s minimum is $8.46.

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Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. She left after a few years to spend more time with her son, working part-time as the capital reporter/producer for WLRN Public Media in Miami and as a drama teacher at Young Actors Theatre. She also blogged and reported for StateImpact Florida, an NPR education project, and produced podcasts and articles for AVISIAN Publishing. Gina has won awards for features, breaking news coverage, and newscasts from contests including the Associated Press, Green Eyeshade, and Murrow Awards. Gina is on the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors. Gina is thrilled to be back at WFSU! In her free time, she likes to read, travel, and watch her son play football. Follow Gina Jordan on Twitter: @hearyourthought
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