Larry Rein - SF 100

Amendment 2 on the Florida ballot promises an annual minimum wage increase of $1 until it reaches $15 per hour in 2026. Debate on the issue typically focuses on its economic impacts. Attention might be better focused on its impact on children and families. Florida’s foster children disproportionately come from low income and minority households led by single moms. The increase will bring 1.3 million households out of poverty and help shorten the pay gap for women and minorities. There should, therefore, be no debate about the immense positive impact passage could have for our abused, abandoned and neglected children.