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As Florida Minimum Wage Increases, A Potential Lesson For State Government

David Santiago
Miami Herald
Noji Olaigbe, left, from the fight for a $15 minimum wage movement, speaks during a workers strike at 27 West Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale on May 23, 2019.

The statewide minimum wage in Florida will go up to $10 an hour starting Sept. 30, and will go up one dollar a year for the next five years.

But the journey to get there goes back to an early 2000s decision from the Florida Legislature and the city of Miami Beach's attempt to raise its own minimum wage, back in 2016.

The happenings in Miami Beach are a key part in the story of what led to more than 60% of Florida voters passing a ballot amendment in 2020 that will raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 by 2026 — a 73% increase from current levels.

Daniel Rivero is a reporter and producer for WLRN, covering Latino and criminal justice issues. Before joining the team, he was an investigative reporter and producer on the television series "The Naked Truth," and a digital reporter for Fusion.