Florida Senator Bullard To Live On The Minimum Wage For A Week

As part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America, Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard is taking the Minimum Wage Challenge. He issued the following press release today:

April 2, 2014

Sean Nixon


Senator asks fellow lawmakers to join in the challenge

TALLAHASSEE—As Republican lawmakers continue to stall any action on raising the minimum wage in Florida, one Senate Democrat is challenging them to walk a mile in the shoes of millions of minimum wage earners they refuse to help.

Beginning next week, Senator Dwight Bullard (D-39) will live for 5 days on a typical weekly salary of minimum wage earners – approximately $317 before taxes. And he’s challenging his legislative colleagues to join him. “I can think of no greater matter of importance than someone's ability to work and earn a decent wage," Senator Bullard stated. "Let those who would deny it try to live on it for just a week. They need to realize that there are real life consequences from their inaction in Tallahassee.”

Earlier this year, Senator Bullard introduced SB 456 which would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. As the legislative session hits the halfway point, neither the Republican-led Senate nor House have made any effort to hear the bill.

This will be second time Bullard has participated in the minimum wage for a week challenge. Last year, Bullard was joined by Broward County Commissioner Marty Kiar.

The minimum wage in Florida is currently $7.93. In January this year, a Quinnipiac University poll showed that 73% of Floridians support a minimum wage increase, with support cutting across political and demographic groups.

The minimum wage challenge would require that individuals use roughly $200 on housing, $40 for groceries, and $60 for transportation miscellaneous needs. The minimum wage week challenge is scheduled to begin April 7th 2014.