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Study Finds Florida's Minimum Wage Is Too Low

Florida's minimum wage of $8.05 an hour is too low to lift families out of poverty, leaves workers unable to afford health insurance and is not high enough to offset work-related expenses like child care, according to a new report.

Research by staff August 9, 2016

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Florida's minimum wage of $8.05 an hour is too low to lift families out of poverty, leaves workers unable to afford health insurance and is not high enough to offset work-related expenses like child care, according to a new report published by the National Center for Children in Poverty. In 2014, roughly 200,000 Floridians worked at least 40 hours a week and still lived in poverty. Because of the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott's decision to not expand Medicaid as encouraged by the Affordable Care Act, approximately 567,000 residents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to qualify for health care subsidies. The National Center for Children in Poverty is affiliated with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and provides research with the goal of informing public policy and promoting family economic security, healthy child development and more.

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