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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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