I’m sure that most, if not all, of us support Amendment 2 on November’s ballot that would gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. I’m also sure that most of us aren’t content to simply vote for the people and constitutional amendments that will benefit our families, communities, and economy. We want to advocate for those candidates and ballot measures that stir our passions.
And there’s no better way to strengthen our advocacy than to bolster our arguments with facts and figures that can serve to convince the skeptical. When it comes to Amendment 2, here is a report, from the Florida Policy Institute, that will help: “A Minimum Wage Boost Would Improve Equity for 2.5 Million Floridians and Bolster the State’s Post-Pandemic Recovery,“
For instance, did you know that Amendment 2 would:
- increase wages for 2.5 million Floridians, which is over 26 percent of the workforce;
- help lift households out of poverty;
- bring workers of all ages closer to a living wage;
- benefit Florida’s service sector workers the most; and
- reduce pay inequities experienced by women and people of color.
You can find supporting detail on all these points and more, including information to push back against the argument that businesses will be hurt by the amendment, in the report. You can also attend a webinar in which the author, Alexis Davis, will discuss her findings on Tuesday, October 13th at 1:30 PM. Registration for that webinar can be found here.