From Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Florida’s passage of Amendment 2 on Nov. 3, raising the state’s $8.56-an-hour minimum wage to $15 in increments by 2026 has been seen as a bellwether for potential passage of a minimum wage increase at the federal level. Seven other states have passed minimum wage increases, but Florida is the first southern state and the first state with a Republican governor and legislature to pass such a measure. In Florida, 51.2% of the electorate voted for President Trump and 61% approved Amendment 2. Spotlight spoke with Sadaf Knight, chief executive officer of the Florida Policy Institute, to better understand what happened in Florida and whether it has implications for other states as well as Congress. The conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
See the conversation here