Voters to decide on Amendment 2 in November 2020
[MIAMI, FL – December 19, 2019] Today, the Florida Supreme Court announced that the Fair Wage Amendment language has been approved. The Fair Wage Amendment had already passed all petition requirements, and the Court’s review was the final step in the approval process and formally secures the Fair Wage Amendment’s place on Florida’s 2020 ballot as Amendment 2.
John Morgan, Chairman of the sponsoring committee, Florida for a Fair Wage said, “Now, the sprint to reverse decades of inequality really starts – and let me tell you – this is going to be a tough challenge. But just like voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of medical marijuana in 2016, I’m confident that we will do the same in 2020. I’m confident because Floridians are compassionate and know that giving every worker a fair wage means not just lifting up those who would directly benefit, but lifting up our broader economy when hardworking folks have more money to spend. I especially want to thank our supporters and let them know I’m excited to fight by their side to give every Floridian the dignity of a fair wage. Next November, it’s time to Vote Yes On 2…again!”
The SPLC Action Fund is supporting efforts to raise the minimum wage. Emily Early, staff attorney for the Economic Justice Project at the SPLC Action Fund, said lawmakers have repeatedly refused to raise the minimum wage in Florida.
“The Supreme Court’s decision to allow the minimum wage question on the November ballot is a victory for hard working Floridians and the power of the people to shape state laws. It’s important to remember that the minimum wage was established in Florida via a ballot initiative,” Early said. “But the current $8.46 minimum wage will not pull an individual out of poverty even if they’re working 40 hours a week.”
Helene O’Brien, Florida Director for 32BJ SEIU said, “The Fair Wage Amendment will help hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers in Florida who are struggling with skyrocketing rents and cost of living, support their families. Putting more money into people’s pockets means they have more to spend on small businesses; that’s a win-win for the entire state. Supporting Amendment 2 means supporting Florida families and Florida’s economy.”
In October, the Florida Division of Elections certified that Flroida for a Fair Wage passed both the total petition requirement of 766,200 petitions as well as the congressional district petition requirements for inclusion on the ballot.
The Fair Wage Amendment would increase the minimum wage by slightly over $1 an hour to $10 per hour in 2021, then increases the hourly pay by $1 per hour each year until it gradually reaches $15 per hour in 2026. After 2026, Florida’s minimum wage would increase with the rate of inflation, just as the state’s constitution currently requires. Florida’s current minimum wage is $8.46 per hour.
Florida for a Fair Wage’s mission is to guarantee that every hard-working Floridian has the dignity of a living wage. Attorney John Morgan is Chairman of the organization.