Lawmakers, workers gather for rally in support of higher minimum wage

ORLANDO, Fla. — Lawmakers, union leaders and airport workers gathered for a rally Tuesday at Orlando International Airport in support of Amendment 2.

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If passed, the amendment would gradually raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, and nearly 2.5 million Floridians could receive a bigger paycheck, including 35% of working Latinos and 30% of working women.

In Orlando, a minimum-wage earner would have to work 96 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment, according to a new study by the national low-income housing coalition.

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The study also shows that Florida is the 12th most expensive state in the nation for renters, with the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area coming in at top five most expensive areas to live.

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