With nearly all votes counted by Wednesday morning, it appears it will be business as usual when lawmakers return to Tallahassee for next year’s session of the Florida Legislature.
“The bottom line is that Florida will remain a business-friendly state,” NFIB State Executive Director Bill Herrle said. “This has been a rough year for small business, so we’re glad that voters continued to support the candidates who support small business. Now, hopefully, Governor DeSantis will call a special session to address the need for COVID-19 liability protections for small businesses and others.”
However, small business owners were disappointed voters approved Amendment 2, the state constitutional amendment raising Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026.
“Amendment 2 is a bad idea that’s going to end up hurting the people think they’re helping,” Herrle said. “Small businesses especially will end up reducing the number of positions to offset the mandated increase in pay.”