Florida Minimum Wage Increases Jan 1

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Florida Minimum Wage Increases Jan 1

Marianna, FL - Felicia Rinks, 22 years old, works at the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Marianna. She earns just above Florida's current minimum wage of $7.31 per hour at $7.50 per hour.

A mother of five, she said it's difficult at times to make ends meet.

"It's pretty tough. I have to work extra a lot, a lot of overtime," said Rinks.

But by this time next week, she and thousands of others in eight different states will soon be getting a raise. Along with Florida, workers in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington will be making at least $7.67 per hour.

Rinks already makes a quarter more than the $7.25 federal minimum wage, and come January she'll be making at least 16 cents more on top of that. But, she said that's not enough.

"I really think it should be more because cost of living is horrible and then if you have kids, you have to worry about that. It's hard to live off of minimum wage," said Rinks.

Colorado will see the smallest increase with $7.64 per hour, Washington the highest with $9.04. Florida didn't even have a mandatory minimum wage until voters approved one in 2004.

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Some Floridians may notice an increase in their paychecks come January 1.

Florida joins seven other states who are increasing their minimum wage at the start of new year.Florida's minimum is currently $7.31 an hour. It's expected to increase by about 4.9 percent to $7.67 an hour next year. But some say the increase could hurt local businesses looking to hire.

"I think small business is already limited somewhat with the economy and this is just another added problem, difficulty, maybe not a problem," says Freddy Williams.

Wages for tipped employees would increase from $4.29 an hour to $4.65.


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  • by Lundy Location: Tallahassee on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    If she would have kept her legs closed and got an education maybe she would have a better job. Take one hour of your pay and by a box of condoms...I'm tired of money coming out of my check for people like this.
  • by Great on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    Raising the rate that a private business must compensate a low-skilled worker is not the answer for poor life decisions by poorly educated people. This story is perfect proof that minimum wage is simply a crutch for those who don't make proper life decisions. My wife and I can afford a child, but we chose not to have one. Why has this woman who can't afford one child chosen to have five?
  • by tonya Location: tallahassee on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    Five kids 22 years old. Someone please spay this poblem. And she wants everyone else to pay.
  • by WOW on Dec 27, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    5 kids and she is only 22?!
  • by The Last Sane Person Location: Tallahassee on Dec 26, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    Once again we are doing something stupid to make people feel better while at the same time doing nothing to solve the actual problem. Raising minimum wage does not increase the standard of living or provide extra income to the impoverished, all it does it increase the price of commodities. When companies know there is more money in the market they charge more for services and goods. This wage increase will do nothing, like the ones before it. This is basic economics and everyone should actually know this, anyone who is telling you this is a good thing either does not understand financial principals or has a vested interest in keeping you from realizing the reality of the minimum wage scam in America. If you doubt this then you need to take out a piece of paper now, write down the cost of a gallon of milk at this moment and then compare it to the cost of a gallon of milk in 3 months. In addition a rise in minimum wage can be linked to a rise in unemployment as fewer jobs will be available at higher rates of pay thereby resulting in higher unemployment. A better solution would be to establish caps on living essentials and commodities thereby ensuring that there would not be a need for a minimum wage increase.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 at 06:35 PM in reply to The Last Sane Person
      Florida set the minimum wage to increase according to the inflation rate effective Jan 1 of every year. This is not something we "once again" did. I don't believe in a minimum wage because good workers will make more, and this causes inflation because there are some jobs that are designed to be at a low wage
  • by trey Location: tally baby on Dec 26, 2011 at 02:41 PM
    thank you jesus i can finally take that trip to valdosta when i find a job.
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