Florida to increase minimum wage
May 4, 2011, 4:56 am
Good news for those in the workforce as it was announced that minimum wage will increase by 6 cents starting on June 1. The increase raises the total hourly wage to $7.31 and came about after a judge agreed that the state’s employment agency was miscalculating the rate. The announcement was first posted Tuesday on the website representing The Agency for Workforce Innovation. The decision will affect about 188,000 workers and those working 40-hour weeks will earn an additional $128 annually.
“Now that it has been corrected, Florida’s lowest wage earners will have a little bit more to make ends meet and will have some measure of protection from higher prices eroding their earnings,” said José Javier Rodríguez, an attorney with Florida Legal Services, who was included in the lawsuit claiming the state was miscalculating its minimum wage. Gov. Rick Scott was disappointed in the decision, but will not appeal it, said spokesman Brian Burgess.