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A minimum wage case before the Florida Supreme Court will determine whether Miami Beach can move ahead with an ordinance passed by the city commission in 2016.

The issue is whether a 2003 state law stopping local governments from setting their own minimum wage supersedes a 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment.

Miami Beach city commissioners voted to phase in a higher minimum wage that would reach $13.31 an hour by 2021. That would be about $5 more an hour than the state’s minimum wage.

The City of Miami Beach is in a battle with the state that could impact hundreds of Florida municipalities. It’s about home rule and the city’s ability to set its own policy when it comes to wages.

Florida’s minimum wage is $8.25 an hour. The amount may go up each year based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Miami Beach leaders voted two years ago to approve a higher minimum wage than the state.

Groups gathered in the Florida Capitol, wearing orange, to call for higher minimum wage in the state.
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Advocacy organization The Poor People’s Campaign has taken up the cause of calling for a $15 minimum wage. A group advocating for small businesses doesn’t share that sentiment.

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Florida lawmakers want to preempt local ordinances for projects that get mostly state funding. Despite a litany of complaints from cities and counties, the bill is now heading to the Senate floor.

Fight for 15 Wants to Change Policies for Future Generations

Sep 12, 2016
Catherine Buckler

$8.05 an hour is not a viable living wage. That’s according to the activist group Fight for 15. The group rallied at the capital on Monday.

Florida Lawmakers Push For $15 Minimum Wage

Sep 17, 2015
Kate Payne

Two Democratic Florida lawmakers are announcing a new push to increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.Florida’s current minimum wage stands at $8.05 an hour, equaling just over $15,000 a year. This issue strikes a chord with some lawmakers and protestors.

National Low Income Housing Coalition

As workers across the country push for higher minimum wage, two Florida lawmakers are joining the fight. They’ve filed a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. But earning a living wage is about more than a person’s hourly pay.

Integrity Florida says minimum wage hikes don't lead to job loss.
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Integrity Florida is disputing the claim rising minimum wages will stunt job growth.  The group has released a study surveying wage policies across the country.

Capital Report: 04-09-2014

Apr 9, 2014

Bills raising Florida’s minimum wage were assigned to committees but never heard after South Florida Democrats filed them this session. But as Jessica Palombo reports, that didn’t stop several lawmakers from trying to highlight how hard it is to shop on a tight budget—by making a grocery run in Tallahassee this [Wednesday] morning.

This week is Road Safety Week in Florida, and to commemorate the week, state lawmakers joined by law enforcement gave an update Wednesday on several traffic safety bills that are moving—and may not be moving—in the Legislature. Sascha Cordner reports.

Lawmakers Shop For Groceries On Minimum-Wage Budget

Apr 9, 2014
Grocery shoppers
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Bills raising Florida’s minimum wage were assigned to committees but never heard after South Florida Democrats filed them this session. But that didn’t stop several lawmakers from trying to highlight how hard it is to shop on a tight budget by making a grocery run in Tallahassee this morning.

House Democratic Leaders
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On Thursday, Florida Democratic House leaders announced policy priorities they say they won’t let go of without a fight this session: increasing education funding, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and getting more Floridians health insurance. But Democrats likely face an uphill battle with almost twice their number of Republicans in the Legislature.

House Minority Leader Perry Thurston says Democrats want the education funding to include a new need-based component to the state’s Bright Futures college scholarship program.
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Democratic Florida lawmakers used Wednesday’s 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson declaring war on poverty to push a measure they say will have a similar effect in the Sunshine State. But the bill’s authors concede it has little chance of passage.

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Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association officials say they’re reviewing a bill which would raise the minimum wage for all employees in the state to $10.10 an hour.

In 2005, Florida raised its state minimum wage to $6.15 an hour. But since 2008, the federal minimum wage has exceeded Florida’s rate, meaning the law applies mostly to those workers who survive on tips.

Regan McCarthy

State Senator Dwight Bullard is wrapping up an attempt to live on minimum wage for seven days. He says his goal is to raise awareness about the difficulty those earning less than $8.00 an hour face in an effort to push for an increase in the state’s minimum wage.  But, while activists praise the Miami Democrat’s efforts, they say his experience doesn’t come close to what those actually living life on minimum wage go through.

Florida Senator Dwight Bullard is living on minimum wage this week, and the Miami Democrat has just a little over a dollar left to spend. But, advocates for Florida’s underserved say the legislator’s circumstances don’t even approximate those of someone truly in need.

Senator Bullard said living on minimum wage is harder than he thought it would be.

Intelligence Squared U.S. : Should we abolish the minimum wage?

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