The Navarre Chamber Joins Florida Chamber In Opposition of Amendment 2
The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Joins Florida Chamber In Opposition of Amendment 2
The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce joins the Florida Chamber of Commerce in opposition of 2020 ballot initiative, Amendment 2 - the Raising of Florida Minimum Wage (“Amendment 2”). As currently presented, Amendment 2 will be detrimental to the business community, its employees, and consumers.
The Navarre Chamber encourages the business community to consider the impact of the amendment. If passed, Amendment 2 would raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour effective Sept. 30, 2021. Each Sept. 30 thereafter, minimum wage shall increase by $1 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour on Sept. 30, 2026. From that point forward, future minimum wage increases shall revert to being adjusted annually for inflation starting Sept. 30, 2027.
The minimum wage is intended to be an entry-level wage. The Florida Chamber has provided information on the direct impact on Florida citizens. Currently, fewer than 2% of Florida’s full-time equivalent employees earn minimum wage. The increase will jeopardize more than 500,000 training wage jobs for young people, seniors, and those looking to gain new skills. Florida’s starting wage is already 18% higher than the federal minimum wage - the highest among surrounding states. Florida could lose more than half a million jobs by 2026.
If successfully passed on November 3rd, the minimum wage increase would become part of the Florida Constitution. The Constitution is the document that establishes and describes the powers, duties, structure, and function of the government of the State of Florida and should not be used as a vehicle by which to advance issues that are more appropriately addressed via the legislative process.
It is the Chamber’s belief that an initiative such as this should be brought forth by our elected officials as proposed legislation, not as an amendment to the Florida Constitution. In many instances, ballot initiatives, such as Amendment 2, act as a means by which to solicit voters who otherwise would not vote to do so on November 3rd. Florida would be the only state in America with a constitutionally mandated minimum wage. If passed, this mistake cannot be fixed and there is no flexibility during economic crisis and downturns, like COVID-19.
For further information from the Florida Chamber, please visit www.flchamber.com.