From Politico and the Collier County Democratic Party
TALLAHASSEE — Voters in the battleground state of Florida will decide in November 2020 whether to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the constitutional amendment pushed by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan could be placed on the ballot. The decision is expected to spark fierce opposition from business groups and the state’s tourism industry, which say the initiative could lead to job losses.
It also puts a high-profile, liberal-backed issue on the ballot in a state that will be a cornerstone to President Donald Trump‘s reelection campaign. Leading Democratic candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have endorsed a $15 minimum wage.
“Money isn’t everything but when you’re trying to keep food on the table, pay the electric bill, or build a little cushion for a rainy day, it sure helps,” said Annisa Karim, chair of the Collier County Democratic Party.
“Consumer spending drives our economy and people in low wage jobs spend everything they have to stay alive. Finally, Floridians will get to decide, at the ballot box, if they want to help reduce income inequality. If this ballot measure passes, Floridians at the lowest end of the pay scale will be able to make a little more money to build on the quality of life for themselves and their families.”