DeSantis: 'Now is not the time' for Ballot Amendment 2 raising Florida's minimum wage

Amendment 2 raises Fla. minimum wage to $15 in 2026
Posted at 7:37 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 19:46:41-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis urged voters to defeat Ballot Amendment 2, the proposed constitutional amendment that would mandate a statewide $15 minimum wage.

The current minimum wage in Florida is $8.56 an hour.

“Now is not the time," said Governor DeSantis in a statement. "Ballot Amendment 2 would close small businesses, kill jobs, and reduce wages. We need to bring our economy back. Vote no on Ballot Amendment 2.”

According to the Official Ballot Summary, Amendment 2 raises Florida's minimum wage to $10 per hour effective September 30, 2021.

Each September 30 thereafter, the minimum wage shall increase by $1.00 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour on September 30, 2026.

From that point forward, future minimum wage increases shall revert to being adjusted annually for inflation starting September 30, 2027.

The Governor's statement is the latest voice urging voters to defeat Ballot Amendment 2.