GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS: “VOTE NO ON BALLOT AMENDMENT 2”
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis today urged voters to defeat Ballot Amendment 2, the proposed constitutional amendment that would mandate a statewide $15 minimum wage.
“Now is not the time,” said Governor DeSantis in a statement. “Ballot Amendment 2 would close small businesses, kill jobs and reduce wages. We need to bring our economy back. Vote no on Ballot Amendment 2.”
The Governor’s statement is the latest voice urging voters to defeat Ballot Amendment 2. Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis issued a statement in opposition to the amendment Friday. Fox Business ran an opinion Saturday detailing the devastating consequences Ballot Amendment 2 would have on Florida’s small businesses.
These powerful platforms join hundreds of businesses and workers across the Sunshine State that have been running a grassroots campaign to educate voters about the negative impacts of Ballot Amendment 2.
Small businesses and servers have suffered severe losses this year due to COVID-19, and Ballot Amendment 2 would be the lethal blow that forces many small businesses to close and hundreds of thousands of Florida workers to lose their jobs.
Their concerns are supported by numerous research reports and economic impact studies, including:
- An economic impact study revealed Florida has already lost 336,000 jobs due to COVID-19, and Ballot Amendment 2 will kill another 158,000 jobs.
- The National Taxpayers Union, a nonprofit that advocates for taxpayer interests at all levels of government, warned the amendment will devastate family-owned small businesses.
- A Florida TaxWatch economic impact report said that businesses will pay an additional $7.3 billion a year to employ the same number of workers today at a $15 minimum wage.
Amendment 2 Hurts You is a campaign to raise awareness for the consequences of Ballot Amendment 2 on small businesses, workers and the economy. Learn more:
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