Minimum Wage Goes Up in Florida

The dollar hike was mandated by voters last fall. As of 12:01 Monday morning, the minimum wage in Florida has been raised from $5.15 per hour to $6.15.

Lukas John Rigsby, a cook, says, "When I was in high school I was definitely making minimum wage. Anybody making minimum wage is definitely going to want to make more."

Tzaradell Williams says she's had plenty of high paying jobs and she never thought she'd see the day when she would earn the minimum.

Tzaradell says, "Some of us are able to purchase maybe clothing that we needed, extra diapers or milk that we've been looking forward to but wasn't able to do because of the minimum wage that was set."

Rick McAllister with the Florida Retail Federation says this issue goes beyond a $5.15 to $6.15 an hour wage increase in the state of Florida.

Rick says, "Businesses will begin to have a corresponding increase in prices or some other way to supply that additional money. Remember, the money must come from some place. These sorts of things are inflationary."

The national minimum wage is $5.15 an hour, as is Georgia's. McAllister says this dollar difference can discourage businesses from coming into the state.

Another part of the new law requires an annual cost of living adjustment for Florida. This will happen January 1 of each year.