Florida $10.10 Minimum Wage Increase Killed in Committee

After being referred to the Florida Senate Committee for Commerce and Tourism, a proposed $10.10 per hour minimum wage rate (SB 456) died without making it to the Senate floor for a vote.

Even if the Bill would have made it out of committee, the proposed increase would have met with stiff opposition from Florida Republicans who maintain control of both the State Senate and the House of Representatives – not to mention a Republican Governor (Rick Scott) who may have wielded the gubernatorial veto as a last line of defense if the Bill had ever reached his desk.

Florida’s defeated minimum wage Bill was introduced by Florida Democrats who, along with other Democratic state legislators across the country, have mirrored President Obama’s call to raise the Federal minimum wage to $10.10.

Even the President’s proposed Federal minimum wage increase faces strong Republican opposition – including a Bill in the U.S. Senate that would have raised the nation’s minimum wage to $10.10 over 30 months, but that Bill was shut down by U.S. Senate Republicans 54-42.

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