Minimum Wage

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Florida's minimum wage will increase 25 cents an hour in 2006 to six dollars and 40 cents.

The state's minimum wage went up to six-15 an hour in May because of a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2004. The Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation says the amendment tied the state's minimum wage to inflation, requiring an adjustment each year. The six-forty rate will start January first.

For workers whose tips are counted as part of their wage, the minimum will go from the current three-13 an hour to three-38 starting January first, plus the worker's tips.

Almost 400-thousand workers of the state's over eight (m) million-person work force earn the minimum wage.

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