Florida Approves $15 Statewide Minimum Wage

The state of Florida has approved an initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 in the next six years. The wage increase will begin in September 2021 as the minimum wage will bump up to $10. From there, the minimum wage will increase by $1 per year.

By increasing the state's standards, Florida will join a group of only seven areas to have a $15 minimum wage. Much of the initiative to drive up the minimum wage was led by the "Fight For $15" campaign. The movement has spread across the country in an effort to increase the minimum wage to $15 in major U.S. cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

"Florida just became the 8th state to pass a $15 minimum wage with a super majority of Floridians voting 'Yes' to Amendment 2," the organization tweeted.

"Hats off to the efforts of the workers and volunteers in the 'Florida For $15' coalition. We're just getting started!"

Florida also made history in a number of other areas. Michele Rayner opened the evening by becoming the first queer Black female legislator in state history. Shortly thereafter, Shevrin Jones became the first openly LGBTQ state senator in Florida.

Elsewhere, the state of Florida has played a major role in the U.S. Presidential Election. For much of the night, both former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump jockeyed for position. Ultimately, Trump walked away with the state's delegates.

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