Jobs & Wages
Florida’s families deserve a raise, and Jeff Greene is running for governor to give them one. Jeff knows what it’s like to lose everything and live paycheck to paycheck. His father saw the family’s financial security crumble when the textile industry collapsed in the Northeast during the 1960s.
To make ends meet, his dad worked a vending-machine route in Palm Beach, and Jeff’s mother waited tables at The Breakers hotel. Jeff built his business from nothing with the can-do, hard-working attitude his parents taught him and the entrepreneurial spirit he taught himself. He wants the same for Florida’s families.
Previous governors have said job growth alone was the path to prosperity. But Florida’s families have learned the hard way that’s simply not true. Working longer and harder for less is all that these empty promises have delivered for Florida’s workforce. When a mother or father has to work three jobs to put food on the table and a roof over their family’s head, something is terribly wrong.
Rather than spending precious taxpayer dollars on incentives to lure low-paying jobs to Florida, we should embrace our beautiful environment and low tax climate to add a third dimension to our appeal. That’s a fully trained and adaptable workforce.
We must integrate our community colleges, public universities and K-12 learning opportunities to ensure we can do any work businesses bring our way – as long as it pays a living wage!
Jeff fully supports raising Florida’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. It’s only fair and ensures Floridians have the dignity of fair pay for an honest day’s work.
But when Jeff is governor, wage growth won’t stop at the minimum wage. He will ensure that everyone benefits from expanded wages. That means women receive equal pay for equal work. Wage equality is as important as wage growth. This requires understanding the historic issues which have depressed women’s wages and making sure Florida fights back.
We want the companies coming here to know we value their workers no matter their sex, and that extends to our friends in the LGBTQ+ community. Companies that offer good pay value states that value their workforce. And Florida’s welcome mat is open to everyone.
Raising pay isn’t the only answer. To bring those high-paying jobs to Florida, we need a trained workforce, and that means changing our education system. To see Jeff’s plan for reinventing Florida’s schools to adapt to today’s economic environment, please click here.