Dollars and Cents: Higher Minimum Wage in FL

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - June 1, 2011 --

Hundreds of thousands of people will see a slight bump in their paychecks starting today.

Greg Cohen, a real-life candy man and founder of Lofty Pursuits, supports the wage increase for his employees.

Most of Cohen's 12 employees make the minimum wage, and now they're getting a state-required raise, from $7.25 to $7.31 per hour.

"We have to provide a situation where people can afford to go to college, where people can afford to get educated, where we invest in our future, and this is just another issue of the business community worrying about the profits today and forgetting the profits tomorrow," he said.

Jose Gonzalez with Associated Industries of Florida calls a higher minimum wage a drain on the economy.

"It's like a balloon," he said. "If you squeeze one end, it'll pop on the other, and so, of course, our members are looking at an increase, and any time there's an increase, there is a potential for expenses or spending to not go into certain areas."

The minimum wage raise is mandated under a 2004 voter-approved amendment that requires an increase every time the cost of living goes up.

The minimum wage for workers like waitresses and bartenders who earn tips will increase from $4.23 to $4.29 per hour.


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  • by anonymous Location: live oak,fl on Jun 2, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    If the cost of living is going up so why can't my SSI check go up some at the new year like it use to???
  • by Dr. Feelgood on Jun 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    Not sure "jumps" is the term I would use to describe a $0.06 increase.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM in reply to Dr. Feelgood
      Yes. It jumps over 1,2,3,4,5 and landed on a 6 cent increase.
  • by heart Location: tallahassee on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:01 AM
    that six cent will help a little anyway just be glad to get that /Yes cost of living is up an everything else to
  • by Anonymous Location: Tally on Jun 2, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    Its not going to make a difference, when the base minimum wage goes up we get what is called inflation, prices go up and so do taxes, they are just making more on paper
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      by jes on Jun 2, 2011 at 09:10 AM in reply to Anonymous
      The minimum rate did not go up for 10 years. But we still had inflation in each of these 10 years. How can you explain that?
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        by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM in reply to jes
        There was no law requiring it to be increase. There is a Federal law, and Florida has decided (a few years ago) to increase it every year and tie it to the Federal CPI.
  • by SF Location: Tallahassee on Jun 2, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    Stats show that most minimum wage earners are students, and most people on minimum wage get a raise after 90 days...so basically, everyone else's cost of living will increase so that students can have more money and the rest of us won't get raises, fantastic, great job Florida...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Well at least someone can get a cost of living raise, I don't care how much it is. Us state employees haven't seen one of those for years now. They are going to keep raising min wage and not our salary until eventually I will be making min wage again after working for 25 years. Something is better than nothing. That $2.40 a week turns into $124.80 a year and in 25 years that will turn into $3,120. Just be thankful for anything you get.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:03 AM in reply to
      To Anonymous, June 2, 2011 at 08:17 AM...When it comes to Cost of Living Allowances, I agree with you! I was a SOF employee, for years, but I have a craft...In addition to working within State Government, I have worked, outside, as well! I am telling you, here and now, that I earn $28.90 per hour. I have made more, I worked for the state, so you know, I made less...My last check was for a 40 hour check, my gross pay was $1156.00, and my net, after taxes was $857.84. Be aware of where you are. Say NO to the losers that would keep you down! If you don't think that sounds like much, please consider this...$44,607.68 is okay, but I WORK 3 DAYS A WEEK! Do the math, folks...I work 156 days, per year, and my "bring-home-pay," is $44,607.68.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:47 AM in reply to Anonymous
        How many hours in those 3 days? Is it still 40 hrs a week?
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          by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 05:03 PM in reply to
          The answer, my child, is 12. Since I am a person with a craft, I work 3-12 hour shifts, get payed for 40, and you do not!
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        by Cletus Norman on Jun 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM in reply to Anonymous
        Wow! You make $28.90 an hour! Are you bonded? Are you in law enforcement? Break it down, my dog! You are like-a prosecutor, or something! A Judge.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM in reply to Cletus Norman
          A judge easily makes twice that pay, and work 5 days a wee - same as a prosecutor would. DO you think before you post? My guess would be a hospital (nurse). The pay seems high for law enforcement or firefighter.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 05:34 PM in reply to Cletus Norman
          No, Mr. Norman. I am a contractor. No guns, none of that sort of thing, however, I know several in law enforcement, and many have a degree as Jurist Doctor, two of whom, are in fact Judges! I will not name names, of course, but thanx for asking! I don't get a chance-often, to bragg of my freinds in law enforcement, the judiciary, or the Big House, but I knew Mr. Chiles, before he was Governor of Florida (2) times. I also knew, Mr. Askew, before he was Governor of Florida (2) times, And I know and respect another Governor of the State of Florida, but I will not name him. He was, however at the Innaugural of JEB. Governor of Florida. That is in fact, the last time I spoke to, that former Governor, but I still see him, from time-to-time. I Encouraged him to do something, the last time I saw him, but he told me that "he would rather be remembered as an elder statesman..." I took what he said, with a little bit of WTF? He was always a focal point, in labor relations! I first had contact with this Governor in the last century, and somewhere in Florida, and that was on or about the, administration of Claude Kirk. Another Governor of Florida. That one, I have had no contact-with! So Thanx Mr. Norman. No, I am not-one-of-them, but I know many of them
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:57 AM in reply to
      Your math is wrong. Min. Wage will go up by a percentage tied to the federal Consumer Price Index. This means that next year if the CPI increases the same amount, the new calculation will be based on $7.31, not $7.25. In 25 years the increase on the increase will make the number higher than $3,120.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 05:52 PM in reply to
        ...Paul Harvey would say, 'and that's the rest of the story'. This is a blog to "Anonymous" on Jun 2, 2011 at 03:31 PM in reply to Cletus Norman. ...However, or whatever, I could not respond to that blog. Be secure in the fact, that I tried! No. Not a Judge. Not a Nurse, I simply know boat loads, of these professionals! Not a politician. My freinds, and family, would want me to ask you...Do you think before you post? The answer you would give, would in all probability be...No, not lately! Thanx.
  • by Lee on Jun 2, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    Hey, Thats more than we got on Social security.
  • by really? Location: Tallahassee on Jun 2, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    you've got to be kidding me... six whole cents an hour? My goodness the things you can do with an extra $2.40 a week.
  • by wow Location: tallahassee on Jun 2, 2011 at 04:08 AM
    wow a whole six cents I can pay for school now oh I forgot school rates are going up again oh well.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Jun 2, 2011 at 02:55 AM
    Gezzzz Whizzzzzz if you can't pay a living wage shut your doors your walking back wards. Go to work for somebody else. (Like duh huh.)
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