Florida has built in a system where the minimum wage is to be adjusted with changes in cost of living. This has been true since an amendment was added to the Florida State Constitution in 2004 and resulted in the florida minimum wage rising to it’s current rate of $7.25. However, the rate was not adjusted up in 2010 due to there being no cost of living increase based on the Consumer Price Index. It was supposed to increase, but was instead kept at the Federal minimum wage level of $7.25. Due to a ruling by Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit Court, the rate will increase to $7.31 ($4.29 for tipped employees) as of June 1, 2011. The court ruled that decreases in the Florida minimum wage due to decreases in the Consumer Price Index were unconstitutional.
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