Florida voted Tuesday to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in steps by 2026.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, more than 61 percent of voters approved the legislation — which increases minimum wage from $8.56 to $10 per hour starting Sept. 30, 2021, then raises it $1 each year until 2026.
The passing of Florida’s Amendment 2 makes the Sunshine State the eighth in the nation to adopt a $15 minimum wage, including New York and California.
While the bill is expected to boost pay for thousands of workers, critics and business owners fear it will result in employers being forced to lay off employees and could result in higher costs for consumers.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25, but 29 states in the US pay more than that.
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