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Florida Pollster Credits New Change To Tight Margin Of Victory For Minimum Wage Proposal

Florida's Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2 on the 2020 Presidential Election ballot.
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Blaise Gainey
Florida's Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2 on the 2020 Presidential Election ballot.

Florida’s minimum wage will rise to $15 an hour by 2026, under a state constitutional change recently approved by voters. Nearly 61 percent of people who voted on the referendum approved it. That’s a percent more than it needed. Political pollster Ryan Tyson says the question faced a tougher fight than he expected.

“It’s not surprising that a Republican wins Florida because we’ve seen it before. But I do think that it was a lot closer than people thought because in my opinion of that economic impact statement that was at the very bottom of that amendment," said Tyson.

The economic impact statement on the ballot explained that passage of the amendment could lead to local tax increases and revenue reductions. This was the first year the statement was included on ballots. Tyson was among a group of panelists who spoke during the Tiger Bay Club's online event.

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.