Minimum Wage
4:33 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Local Lawmaker Pushing For Minimum Wage Increase In Florida

State Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay.
State Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay.
Credit Myfloridahouse.gov

A local lawmaker has been working with a national campaign to raise the minimum wage in Florida.

Democratic state Sen. Dwight Bullard, who represents a district stretching across Collier, Miami-Dade and Hendry Counties, is spearheading an effort in Florida that would raise the minimum wage.

Bullard introduced a bill for this ongoing legislative session that would raise the minimum wage in Florida to $10.10 cents an hour. That would be up from $7.93.

However, the bill has not had momentum in the GOP-led Legislature.

Bullard, who spoke during a national press conference call about the minimum wage, said even though his fellow lawmakers aren't receptive, many Floridians support a higher minimum wage.

“We see story after story of the need to put more money in the pockets of Americans, resonating not only nationally but definitely statewide here in the state of Florida,” he said.

Bullard said he's going to be living on minimum wage this week and will document it on social media in an effort to raise awareness. About eight other Democratic members of the Florida House will be joining him.