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  Voters get chance to raise pay in state [Florida]
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Last EditedCBlock941  Aug 27, 2004 10:11am
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News DateFriday, August 27, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFlorida voters will have the chance in November to raise the state's minimum wage by $1, to $6.15, a possibility that has workers cheering and some business owners groaning. A new poll shows Floridians to be overwhelmingly in the workers' camp.

That opportunity is possible because of a ballot initiative led by Floridians For All, an umbrella group of labor and public interest groups including the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, which represents low- and moderate-income families. The group gathered nearly 1 million signatures and passed a Florida Supreme Court review to place Amendment 5 in voting booths Nov. 2.

Seventy-two percent of Floridians favor the amendment, according to an exclusive survey conducted Monday through Wednesday by Research 2000 for The Florida Times-Union and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The poll also found 16 percent opposing the measure and 12 percent unsure.

The raise would push Florida's minimum wage above the national rate of $5.15, which has remained unchanged since 1997. If passed, it would be adjusted annually to keep up with inflation and would go into effect in May.
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