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