Voters in Florida say they favor an increase in the state’s minimum wage amount. The support shows that the general population – across political and demographic categories – believe that workers should be properly compensated for their time. About three in four voters who are not affiliated with the major political parties say they support the change to wage laws. The state’s minimum wage currently sits at $7.93 per hour. Even a majority of conservative voters say they would approve an increase in the minimum wage for the state. Nationwide, about three in four Americans support a minimum wage increase.
Statisticians admit that this is a popular issue, even as President Obama and other national leaders have proposed raising the national minimum wage to more than $10 per hour. About half of Florida’s voters think the proposed national rate is appropriate, while another quarter thought that it should be even higher.
Some legislators in Florida say that the state needs better-quality jobs that are more likely to lead to lasting careers. The focus should therefore be on improving the state’s economy, though the wage law changes could support that overall endeavor. Supporters of the raise say that Florida’s families deserve an increase. Opponents argue that wage increases ultimately cost jobs because the price of goods rises and businesses operate on a smaller margin. Facts in the debate are difficult to come by, as economists do not agree that minimum wage raises affect employment rates.
Florida workers deserve to be respected for the tasks they perform. One way the state can respect human rights is to raise the minimum wage. Those who believe they have been treated unfairly under existing wage laws may benefit from consulting a qualified employment attorney, who can help them learn more about their legal rights and options.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Florida voters favor raising minimum wage, poll finds” Jim Stratton, Jan. 30, 2014