Florida's Minimum Wage Jumps to $7.93 Per Hour in 2014
Published January 2nd, 2014
GAINESVILLE -- It's a new year, which means new wages for thousands of workers across North Central Florida.
As of January 1, Florida's minimum wage increased by 14 cents per hour, bringing the statewide minimum wage up to $7.93.
Florida is one of 13 states to increase its minimum wage pay in 2014, and it comes after a year which saw fast food workers across several states walk off the job, demanding the federal minimum wage be upped to $15 an hour.
While members of the North Central Florida Labor Council say the state's latest increase doesn't go far enough, some business owners say if the minimum wage goes too high, it could hurt business.
"The minimum wage is not a livable wage," said Jeremiah Tattersall of the North Central Florida Labor Council. "What the minimum wage is, is what an employer can get away with paying the least amount for, legally."
Joseph Vasquez of Gainesville, who owns his own tree service business, says he agrees the current minimum wage is too low for employees to make a decent living off of. But he says if the minimum wage goes too high, it could hurt small businesses like his.
"It's going to make it difficult for small business owners, such as myself, to even consider the possibility of expanding, or possibly bringing another crew on," said Vasquez. "It just adds to the payroll costs, insurance costs and everything else that it takes to run a business."
The latest increase puts Florida's minimum wage 68 cents above the federal minimum wage.
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