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Economic Analyst Fishkind On Minimum Wage Increase

Photo by Crystal Chavez.
Photo by Crystal Chavez.

Florida’s minimum wage will go up 15 cents starting January 1. The state Department of Economic Opportunity reports the new minimum wage will be $8.25 per hour.

Economic Analyst Hank Fishkind said local businesses should follow Disney and Walmart’s lead—and raise their minimum wage to $10 an hour.

“Raising the minimum wage to about $10 is really superior because it creates more income in the hands of people who are going to spend that income right away and therefore generate economic benefit,” said Fishkind.

Opponents of the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour have said they worry some employers will have to cut their workforce or close.

Fishkind said the time is right to raise wages because the economy is strong and job creation is high.

“Economic studies indicate that it creates more economic demand than it creates loss of jobs in terms of higher wages being difficult for businesses to afford,” he said.

State law requires the Department of Economic Opportunity to calculate a new minimum wage rate every year.