South Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard joined Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairwoman Annette Taddeo-Goldstein in a conference call urging a raising of Florida's minimum wage.

Goldstein mentioned that Florida has the second most minimum-wage workers of all the states, which translates to many Floridians living below the poverty line.

Wasserman Schultz added that raising the minimum wage will mean job creation, not job loss.

The congresswoman cited studies that show that if the federal minimum wage would be raised to $10.10 by 2016, as President Obama has proposed, the GDP would grow by $22 billion dollars and there would be 85,000 new jobs across the nation.

Wasserman Schultz also said there is a misconception that most workers who earn the minimum wage are teenagers, but that the average age of people who will be helped by increasing the minimym wage is 35. 

Another statistic mentioned in the Thursday morning conference call was that, in Florida, one in five children have a parent who makes the current minimum wage at a full-time job and, thus, live in poverty.

In Florida, lawmakers and the governor have not wanted to discuss legislation that proposes raising the state minimum wage to $10.10.

Today's call was meant to prompt a debate on the matter in Tallahassee.

 

 

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