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Low Wage Workers In Florida Will See A Small Bump In Pay in 2017

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Employees who don't receive at least $8.10 an hour beginning Jan. 1 should notify employers of the law.

Florida's minimum wage will increase by a nickel next year.

On January 1, the state's minimum wage will go from $8.05 per hour to $8.10 an hour. Tipped workers meanwhile will earn $5.08 an hour, also an increase of five cents.

In 2004, voters approved a statewide minimum wage. The Florida Minimum Wage Amendment was approved by a 71 % margin.  It’s recalculated each year and is based on the Consumer Price Index.

The federal minimum wage meanwhile has remained at $7.25 since 2009.

According to a recent survey by "Public Policy Polling," a majority of Americans support raising that minimum to at least $10 an hour.

During the 2016 legislative session, state lawmakers sought to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.  Bills filed in both the House and the Senate never made it to a vote.

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