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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: The FL Legislature has taken up a proposal to thwart the determination of their constituents

How many times does the Florida Legislature need to demonstrate how little they value the opinions of their constituents? Once again, they’ve taken up a proposal to directly thwart the determination of the voters. This time, it’s the minimum wage. A question on the 2020 ballot proposed a constitutional amendment that would gradually boost the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026 and passed with more than 60 percent support. The amendment was self-executing and did not need legislative action. But that hasn’t stopped Sen. Jeff Brandes from trying to exempt certain workers. He proposes a reduced minimum wage for workers under age 21, for workers convicted of felonies, for state prisoners and for what he calls “other …
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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: The Impact Of A Higher Minimum Wage

Last week the Florida Supreme Court approved a proposed constitutional amendment to be included on the November 2020 ballot. If approved by 60% of the voters it would raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour from its current level of $8 and 56 cents an hour. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind sits down with 90.7’s Matthew Peddie to explain the economic impact of a higher minimum wage.
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Proposed Assault Weapons Ban for Florida’s 2020 Ballot

A constitutional amendment that would ban semiautomatic assault weapons in Florida has been proposed for the state’s 2020 ballot. The amendment was pushed forward by Ban Assault Weapons NOW, a Miami-based political action committee that includes victims’ family members and survivors of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the gay nightclub Pulse. The organization says, “The Florida Legislature won’t act. The only way to ban assault weapons like AR-15s and other weapons of war is for the people of Florida to go to the polls and vote.” The proposal prohibits possession of assault weapons, which it defines as “semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once, either in fixed …
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