A proposed amendment that seeks to gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage from $8.46 to $15 an hour has earned the required number of petition signatures to get on the November 2020 ballot.The political committee “Florida for a Fair Wage,” which is led by Orlando attorney John Moran, submitted 766,380 valid signatures to the state last Wednesday. That exceeds the required number by 180 signatures, according to the state Division of Elections website.The next step is for the Florida Supreme Court to sign off on the wording of the proposed amendment. If that happens, the measure would then be eligible to go on the ballot. Sixty percent of voters would need to support the amendment for it to pass.The amendment would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour on September 30, 2021, with an additional $1 increase each year until it hits $15 an hour on September 30, 2026.Governor Ron DeSantis reiterated last Tuesday that he opposes the measure, as he has business interests in the state.
(Washington, DC) — The House Judiciary Committee has approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump.Trump is accused of abusing power and obstructing Congress in the Ukraine scandal.Both articles were approved in party-line votes on the Democratic-led committee.The articles of impeachment are being referred to the full House, which is expected to debate and vote on them next week.
Florida teachers plan to march on the state Capitol Monday when lawmakers begin their 2020 legislative session to demand more money for schools and teachers. The Florida Education Association says it will bus thousands of teachers, parents and public education supporters to Tallahassee for a march on the Capitol as state senators discuss how to boost pay for classroom instructors. Florida ranks among the bottom ten states in teacher pay. A proposed bill to raise teachers’ pay in Florida sounds good on paper, boasting the chance to raise the state’s status from the 26th in the nation for starting teacher salaries to the second highest. But educators say the plan has holes, especially when it comes to how it will affect veteran teachers.According to DeSantis, the proposed bill to be addressed during the 2020 legislative session would boost minimum salaries, not the overall average pay.The governor says this call was intentional and would affect “60 percent of teachers.”The average teacher salary in the 2017-2018 school year, topped $48,000, Florida state records show. DeSantis’ proposal would raise teachers’ starting salary from around $37,600 to $47,500. But as the proposal stands right now, it doesn’t address what the increase means for longtime teachers who already make more than the potential new rate.