Walmart raising wages for 425,000 workers
Walmart said its starting wage will stay at $11 an hour. Walmart’s current minimum wage is still above Florida’s minimum wage, which starts at $8.65 an hour. The amendment will raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026. AdPresident Joe Biden included a $15 federal minimum wage in his $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal last month. The legislation calls for the minimum wage to increase to $15 an hour by 2025.
Florida lawmakers propose ‘training wage’ for workers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Floridians may have another minimum wage amendment to vote on in 2022 if a new proposal is approved. Even as the ink dries on an amendment to gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, a proposed amendment would allow the Florida Legislature to set a training wage below the minimum wage. Under the minimum wage amendment passed last year, the state’s minimum wage will rise to $10 an hour this September and by an additional dollar each year until reaching $15 in 2026. The training wage would apply to prisoners, people with felony convictions and Floridians ages 21 and younger. There is no House sponsor for the training wage amendment, which leaves its future uncertain.
Florida voters back raising minimum wage to $15 over 6 years
Florida voters on Tuesday approved raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years, which advocates say will lift the pay for hundreds of thousands of workers in the state’s service-heavy economy. A supermajority of Florida voters approved the amendment to the Florida Constitution that will raise Florida’s minimum wage from the current $8.56 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026. Although Florida’s current minimum wage is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, supporters of Amendment 2 said it is impossible to live on that wage given the state’s cost of living. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will increase the income of a quarter of Florida’s workforce, according to the Florida Policy Institute. Florida joins seven other states that have made plans to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years.