Florida state senator seeks to undercut paltry minimum wage increase with proposed 'training wage'


With Florida’s minimum wage increasing Thursday to $10 an hour —- and eventually to $15 an hour —- a Senate Republican has filed a proposal that would allow employers to pay a lower “training” wage.

Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, on Wednesday filed the proposed constitutional amendment (SJR 382) for consideration during the legislative session that will start in January. It calls for allowing the Legislature to establish a “minimum training wage” that employers could pay to workers for six months after they are hired.


If lawmakers approve Brandes’ proposal, it would go on the November 2022 ballot. As a constitutional amendment, it would require approval from 60 percent of voters.

Voters in 2020 approved a constitutional amendment that will gradually raise the minimum wage from the current $8.65 an hour to $15 an hour. The first installment will take effect Thursday, when the minimum wage goes to $10 an hour. It will then increase $1 an hour every year until it is $15 on Sept. 30, 2026.


Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly newsletters, and consider supporting this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you Central Florida news, and every little bit helps.
Scroll to read more Orlando Area News articles
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Orlando Weekly Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.