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Mandated Minimum Wage Position Statement

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce recognizes the challenge of earning a living wage. We believe compensation should be based on what the local market will bear. Therefore, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce does not support government mandated minimum wage increases.

Mandated Minimum Wage Event

Mandated Minimum WageThe Mandatory minimum wage topic is going to be part of the conversation during this year’s legislative session and is expected to be included on the 2020 ballot.

The Chamber wants the membership to be aware of the details of this initiative and presented an event on Friday, November 8 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre to share information and provide education on the aspects of the potential minimum wage hike in Florida.

News Coverage

December 2019 Southwest Florida Business Today

Florida Miminum Wage Hike Would Hurt Lee County Small Businesses

Chamber Articles

Opportunity Cost
Focusing squarely on the minimum wage debate, the goal here is to get people to see beyond the “dollar signs” of a raise and understand the intended and unintended consequences of a forced minimum wage hike.

Legislative Priorities for 2019
This article discusses all of the top legislative priorities for the Chamber in 2019, but highlights the need for discussion on the minimum wage issue.

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Minimum Wage Increase Wanted in Florida
This news bit focuses on our local area and what businesses will be forced to do if the minimum wage increases become mandatory.

Target Raised Wages, But Workers are Struggling
A story specifically concerning Target, Inc. who raised their employee wages, but the employees themselves are not necessarily profiting off of this venture. This shows how a jump in wages may not mean more money in the bank.

New York City Businesses Struggle After minimum Wage Increase
Fox News showcases a few case study businesses and what has happened to them as a result of forced $15 minimum wage went into effect in New York City.

Minimum Wage Hikes are Causing Businesses to Cut Jobs
This article discusses what companies are doing to compensate for the rising costs of employees. Things like technological automation, cut hours, and loss of overtime are all potential effects of a minimum wage hike.