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Wed Jan 8, 2020, 04:26 AM

Florida's 2020 ballot will include $15 minimum wage question [View all]

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 on Thursday 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.

“Now the sprint to reverse decades of inequality really starts and let me tell you, this is going to be a tough challenge,” said Morgan, who said he was confident the measure would win approval from voters. “I’m confident because Floridians are compassionate and know that giving every worker a fair wage means not just lifting up those who would directly benefit, but lifting up our broader economy when hardworking folks have more money to spend.”

The court, which currently has two vacancies, concluded that the minimum wage amendment sticks to a single subject and the summary given to voters is “clear and unambiguous“, as required by state law.


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