Florida lawmakers have voted to raise the state minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. This makes Florida the eighth state to support this initiative.
Florida voted Tuesday to gradually raise the state minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, joining a growing list of boroughs and municipalities that are implementing such a measure. According to the Associated Press, the 2020 ballot initiative has received the 60% support it needs.
The move will raise the state’s current minimum wage of $ 8.56 an hour to $ 10 next year. Each year thereafter, the minimum wage will rise by $ 1 an hour until it reaches $ 15 in 2026.
Labor advocates have long advocated raising the minimum wage to what they call the cost of living. The movement has gained momentum across the country: last year the House of Representatives passed a federal wage rate of $ 15.