Minimum Wage Increase
`The minimum wage for workers at places like McDonald's is going from "small" to "medium" on Friday. But to workers in North Central Florida, the raise is anything but "supersized."
The 70 cent national increase is only a four cent increase locally.
But, that might be a good thing for local residents.
The national minimum wage is about to go up 70 cents, locally, it's only a four cent bump up to $7.25.
That extra four cents, at least for one waitress at the Swamp restaurant in Gainesville, doesn't exactly break the bank.
"Doesn't really effect me. It doesn't really phase me. 4 cents an hour, it's great I'll take the extra 4 cents, but..." said Rose Manfra, a waitress at the Swamp.
While Swamp servers may be indifferent, UF economist Dr. Dave Denslow says the 70 cent increase nationally could be just plain bad.
"Here we are in the middle of a recession when it's hard for young people to find jobs anyway, and here we are increasing the minimum wage which is gonna make it even harder for those who are less skilled to find employment," Dr. Denslow said.
"Locally it's not going to have much impact and there would even be a tiny positive effect from it in that Florida has had a minimum wage substantially above the national one. This increase in the national minimum wage will make Florida's employers a little more competitive with those in other states," he said.
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