$15 minimum wage in Florida? These states enacted laws for increase


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) –  John Morgan is continuing his fight to increase the minimum wage in Florida, saying he now has more than 600,000 signatures on a petition to get a $15 minimum wage on the Nov. 2020 ballot.

Morgan’s law firm contributed $474,371 in April to Florida For A Fair Wage, a political committee chaired by Morgan, according to the state Division of Elections website. In total, The Morgan Firm PA and Morgan and Morgan P.A. had contributed $1.454 million to the ballot drive.

The state’s minimum wage would increase from its current $8.46 to $10 an hour on Sept. 30, 2021, and increase by $1 each year until it hits $15 an hour on Sept. 30, 2026.

Despite rigorous efforts from Morgan, Florida would be far from being the first state to enact legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

On Tuesday, Connecticut joined six other states in creating a law that will increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2023.

California, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia already currently have $15 minimum wage laws, along with Maryland, New Jersey and Illinois scheduled to increase minimum wage.

For context, the current federal minimum wage is  $7.25 per hour, a rate that South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana follow because those states have no legislation regarding minimum wage on the state-level.

With a full-time schedule, a person making $7.25 an hour would earn only $15,080 per year in salary, while a person working full-time on a $15 hourly wage would earn $31,200.

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