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Florida Supreme Court Approves $15 Minimum Wage Ballot Language

Protestors march in support of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour as part of an expanding national movement known as Fight for 15, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Miami. The event was part of a national protest day to coincide with the April 15 deadlin
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Voters will soon have the option to raise Florida's minimum wage to $15 an hour. The state Supreme Court approved language for the proposed amendment Thursday. Now the issue is heading for the 2020 ballot. State Chief Economist Amy Baker says if approved, the change could cost the state.

“When you raise the minimum wage, whether or not you think it’s a good thing, somebody still has to pay for it," Baker said.

She says the change could cause the legislature to raise taxes to ensure all state workers meet the new requirements. The amendment must receive approval from 60% of voters to become part of the constitution. It would raise minimum wage in one-dollar increments until reaching $15 per hour in September 2026.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.