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Resolution No. 2014–____________
A RESOLUTION CALLING UPON THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO REPEAL STATE STATUTE 218.077(2), WHICH FORBIDS “POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS” FROM SETTING A MINIMUM WAGE IN EXCESS OF THOSE SET BY STATE OR FEDERAL LAW, CALLS FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA TO HONOR ARTICLE X, SECTION 24(a), WHICH STATES AS PUBLIC POLICY: “ALL WORKING FLORIDIANS ARE ENTITLED TO BE PAID A MINIMUM WAGE THAT IS SUFFICIENT TO PROVIDE A DECENT AND HEALTHY LIFE FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES,” AND CALLS FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO THEREAFTER SET A MINIMUM WAGE OF $15/HR.
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of Florida states: “(a) PUBLIC POLICY. All working Floridians are entitled to be paid a minimum wage that is sufficient to provide a decent and healthy life for them and their families, that protects their employers from unfair low-wage competition, and that does not force them to rely on taxpayer-funded public services in order to avoid economic hardship”; and
WHEREAS, it is acknowledged (see 2014 Poverty in America Living Wage Calculator) that the living wage for Orange County, based on a 40-hour week, to sustain a family of two parents and one child, is $19.32; and
WHEREAS, broad sectors of the Orange County workforce fall far below that number:
Healthcare Support $11.73
Food Preparation and Serving Related $8.94
Building and Grounds Cleaning and maintenance $9.77
Personal care and Services $9.68
Sales and Related $12.43
Office and Administrative Support $13.65
Farming, Fishing and Forestry $8.86
Transportation and Material Moving $12.71
WHEREAS, State Statute 218.077(2), stating, “Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3), a political subdivision may not establish, mandate, or otherwise require an employer to pay a minimum wage, other than a state or federal minimum wage, to apply a state or federal minimum wage to wages exempt from a state or federal minimum wage, or to provide employment benefits not otherwise required by state or federal law,” is a violation of the principle that local jurisdictions are best able to assess the needs of their communities; and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the County Commission Of Orange County, that the Commission calls for the Legislature of the State of Florida to repeal Statute 218.077(2), and immediately upon such repeal, the Commission will move to set a minimum wage of $15 an hour for all workers without exception and without delay in implementation.