Floridians appear to have approved an amendment raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2026. The Florida Division of Election reported Wednesday morning that Amendment 2 had received 60.8% of the vote, barely crossing the 60% threshold needed for amendments to pass.
NFIB opposed the amendment, saying it would increase the financial pressure on small businesses already struggling to get through the pandemic and could end up hurting workers if employers end up cutting jobs to offset the increase in wages.
“Just throw another one on. We’ll see if the camel’s back breaks,” NFIB State Executive Director Bill Herrle said. “This has been a very difficult year for our members, and this amendment is going to make 2021 more challenging.”
The amendment will raise Florida’s minimum wage from $8.56 an hour to $10 in September then raise it by $1 a year until it reaches $15 in 2026.