Florida’s minimum wage is going up to $8.05 an hour.
The state’s minimum wage is scheduled to rise 12 cents on Jan. 1.
Voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that established a minimum wage for the state. The amendment requires that the hourly wage be readjusted each year based on the rate of inflation.
Since voters approved the amendment the state’s minimum wage has gone up by nearly $3.
Some Democratic legislators have proposed raising the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour but the proposals have been rejected by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature.
The new minimum wage for tipped employees must be at least $5.03 an hour.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.