Although it is likely to see a court challenge, Florida’s Amendment 2, which would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15, has squeaked past the 60 percent threshold to be included in the state’s constitution. As of this morning, unofficial results show Amendment 2 as passing at 60.8 percent.
The Amendment raises the minimum wage to $10.00 per hour effective September 30th, 2021. Each September 30th thereafter, minimum wage shall increase by $1.00 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour on September 30th, 2026. From that point forward, future minimum wage increases shall revert to being adjusted annually for inflation starting September 30th, 2027.
Voters passed other state constitutional amendments on the ballot. Amendment 1 passed changing “every citizen” to “only a citizen.” It has no effect who can vote in elections, but labels them as citizens. Amendment 3 which would open Florida’s primaries did not pass. Amendment 4 did not pass, which would have required constitutional amendments to be passed twice. Amendment 5 passed which will extend the ability to transfer one’s “Save Our Home” property tax savings to a new residence by one year (two years to three years). Amendment 6 passed, which will grant additional savings in property taxes to a small group of property owners.