Florida Passing A $15 Minimum Wage Signals The Time For A Nationwide Hike?

Florida voters approved the ballot measure raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Eight years after fast-food workers went on strike in New York City for a $15 minimum wage, the passage of the Florida ballot initiative came as a big victory. Florida is the first state in the South to adopt the measure.

It won't reach $15 until 2026, and in a year when both low-wage workers and small businesses are struggling, there is no shortage of optimism.

Virginia's minimum wage is currently $7.25, and set to rise to $12 an hour by 2023, and to $15 by 2026, pending reauthorization by the state Legislature.

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