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In service-heavy Florida, minimum wage boost is on ballot

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida voters this election cycle are deciding whether to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years. The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association says it will cost Florida an estimated 158,000 jobs across the state. Florida Chamber of Commerce chief economist Jerry Parrish puts the number of job losses at up to 500,000. But the Florida Policy Institute estimates that as many as 2.5 million workers — a quarter of Florida’s labor force — would see their wages increase if the amendment passes, especially in the food service, lodging and retail industries.

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