Florida minimum wage up five cents, creating 85 cent gap with Georgia

| October 18, 2016

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s hourly minimum wage is going up by a nickel, putting the state’s workers almost 85 cents ahead of their neighbors in Georgia.

State officials have announced that the wage will rise Jan. 1 in Florida from $8.05 to $8.10 an hour.

Florida law requires the state to annually calculate the rate based on increases in the federal Consumer Price Index.

Groups representing workers have decried the small wage hike as “trivial.” They say it’s not enough to keep up with the cost of living in Florida’s urban areas. Many Republican leaders, including Gov. Rick Scott, have spoken out in the past against raising the minimum wage higher.

Since 2005, Florida’s minimum wage has gone up $2.95 an hour. Voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that raised the wage above the federal rate.

In Georgia, the official state minimum wage is $5.15 an hour, one of the lowest in the nation. However, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

(WCTV)

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