Florida's Minimum Wage To Increase

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Tallahassee, FL ---

Beginning June 1, the State of Florida will be raising its minimum wage for workers, including tipped workers.

A circuit judge announced this week that Florida violated its constitution by failing to increase the state’s minimum wage this year to reflect last year's increase in the cost of living. As a result, the minimum wage will increase to $7.31 per hour. Tipped workers will see heir wages rise from $4.23 per hour to $4.29.

"In college, you're already living on a tight budget and with the increase you'll be able to afford the increasing gas prices, the utilities in your housing and live a comfortable life here in Tallahassee," says Amber Logan of Tallahassee.

Many college students say in this tough economy, any minimum wage increase is appreciated to help them make a living.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on May 5, 2011 at 01:02 AM
    I have never seen prices go up just because minimum wage went up. Now oil prices seem to have a bigger impact on the price of goods. Minimum wage has never controled prices. The price of services electric, water, and gas etc.. control what we would pay.
  • by Democrat on May 4, 2011 at 11:37 PM
    Awesome! Now I can buy a new house!
  • by Kassie Location: Palm Bay, FL on May 4, 2011 at 07:21 PM
    Very nice Shanequa and I bet your last name is Jenkins? Smh Anyway this is nice im a waitress and that 6 cents will definitely come in hand *sarcastic tone*
  • by Shaunequa Location: Quincy on May 4, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    How about a raise for us hard loafing welfare recipients? The rims on my cadillac are bout to go out of style
  • by Andrew Location: Jacksonville on May 4, 2011 at 03:30 PM
    They should give tipped workers the option to continue working for tips or to allow them the choice to switch to the hourly wage of other employees and not receive tips. Penalize employers who would not honor the choice or who would then drastically cut the number of hours a person normally worked, based on previous year's hours of employment.
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 06:09 PM in reply to Andrew
      Sure Andrew. If I am a restaurant and that option causes me to lose money it is no problem if I lay off a some people and increase the workload on the others to make up for it? Right? Or even better I will close down and all can be unemployed. All minimum raise hike do is cause the price of consumer products to rise and businesses to learn to do more with less employees. Doesn't help to make more when your grocery prices and other consumables increase to make up for it. Minimum wage is a root cause to inflation.
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        by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 07:16 PM in reply to Anonymous
        glad to see that someone has some sense. I have been trying to tell people this for years. Anytime you pay workers more money, the goods they sell or produce goes up in price. Unions have yet to understand this either. Workers wages go up, employers raise their costs to cover it. You pay the person at McDonalds more wages, the cost of a burger and fries go up to cover the wages. It's common sense that most can't see.
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        by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 07:36 PM in reply to Anonymous
        I totally agree. How many people really work for minimum wage? Do not count High school kids, or college students because these are usually temporary part-time jobs, and they should be making low wages. many employees (even high school kids) will get a raise after a few months, so even they won't be making minimum wage. The minimum wage is a stupid thing that only leads to inflation. What happens to the employee who gets a dime raise after 3 months, only to have minimum wage raised? There is no assurance that his wages will be raised, and he may again be making minimum wage. Now that the employer has to give his employees a raise, we have to give the employer a raise to cover this, so the prices go up (inflation).
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          by Audra on May 5, 2011 at 05:14 AM in reply to
          People who work for minimum wage would include those with a disability, or otherwise impaired who are able to work at a low-level job. Some of these folks could even be war veterans.
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          by LIN on May 5, 2011 at 07:20 AM in reply to
          Inflation is cause by tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, also by CEO bonuses.
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 07:29 PM in reply to Andrew
      How is an employer going to make sure that customers do not tip their employees? Your idea will never work because tipping is a way to ensure that the services provided are at least up to par. If an employee wants more tips, they should provide better service.
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      by a worker on May 5, 2011 at 07:16 AM in reply to Andrew
      Speaking for the restaurant worker. Do you realize that not everyone tips or gives a fair tip. May a nights we work large number at one table, only to be tipped a paultry $2 for a $200 tab even though we work our butts off satisfying everyone and many a night there are those that don't tip at all.
  • by Lynda Location: Florida on May 4, 2011 at 03:22 PM
    That is go that Florida is going to increase minimum wages. But what about the people that live on Social Security and Disability. They have not got a raise in two years. For some of them that is their only income and like with college students it makes it rough on them also. These people need food, lights, etc. So, Florida Government what about them?
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