Jarred Ashe is a day laborer who takes whatever assignments he can get. Sometimes those jobs pay just $5.15 an hour. He’s glad to have the work, but he believes life would a little better if voters approve a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage to $6.15.
Jared says, "I have a couple of friends not being able to get a regular job. They’ve had to stay in the shelters a lot and I think that will help them get a place to stay and take away people living on the streets."
Supporters estimate as many as 850,000 workers could see a wage hike if Amendment 5 passes, but opponents insist raising the minimum wage would actually cost jobs.
A coalition of business groups released a TV ad this week. The groups say the amendment raising Florida’s minimum wage by a buck and then also tying it to the rate of inflation will cripple small business.
Steve Birtman with the National Federation of Independent Businesses thinks voters are starting to catch on.
Steve says, "People look at this and say, oh, what a great idea, but then they actually start to look at the amendment and see some consequences to it."
But now some business people are starting to throw their support behind the pay raise.
Chris Willis says, "Why not raise the minimum wage? Let’s help the people who need it most."
Jarred Ashe’s boss says it’s the moral thing to do.
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