💰Let's chat about minimum wage
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What Orlando is talking about
Let’s talk about minimum wage.
In November, Floridians voted 60 to 40 percent in favor of raising the state’s minimum wage. Known as Amendment 2 at the time, the gist is that the state would increase minimum wage incrementally from $8.56 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026.
Well, fast forward a few months, and Florida lawmakers are now debating the increase. Sen. Jeff Brandes from Pinellas County has introduced a proposal to “create a lower ‘training wage’ for workers who have served time for felonies, who are under 21 and others considered ‘hard-to-hire’.”
If his proposal were to pass legislation, it would exempt more than 2 million workers from the wage increase.
On a related note, earlier this week, Sen. Rick Scott said he didn’t support the wage increase either and that a federal-mandated $15 minimum wage would result in more jobs lost and do more harm to the economy than good.
Scott said, “A new report from the CBO confirms that raising the minimum wage to $15 will increase the national debt by $70 billion and eliminate 1.4 million jobs. That is unacceptable.”
That said, Florida is full-steam ahead on its wage hike. The state increased its minimum wage moderately on Jan. 1, as it does every year. It went from $8.56/hour to $8.65/hour. The next real increase will happen on Sept. 30 when it’ll go up to $10/hour and will increase by the dollar on the same date every year through 2026.
Here’s my question for you: Are you looking forward to the minimum wage increase? Are you worried that it might have a detrimental impact on small businesses and mom-and-pop operations? Would you be okay sharing your opinion in a future newsletter? If so, hit reply and let us know what you're thinking.
In other news…
🎟Mayhem on Mills is returning to Mills 50. Our buddies over at Bungalower are launching a new outdoor event series and they’re kicking things off with a good old-fashioned wrestling match on Feb. 21. Tickets go on sale today at noon. (Bungalower)
🎶 Local powerhouse songbird Kaleigh Baker is performing at this week’s Front Porch concert at The Plaza Live with the Someday Honey band. Tickets are likely to sell out for this one, so get ‘em while you can. “Doors” (it’s outside!) open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. (Orlando Weekly)
🎤 On a related note, blues legend Keb’Mo’ is headlining this week’s Frontyard Festival show at the Dr. Phillips Center. He goes on at 8 p.m. so technically, you can support both venues and both artists, all while social distancing and remaining outdoors. Sign me up! (Orlando Weekly)
🏈 The University of Central Florida has a new Athletics Director! Terry Mohajir, who most recently led Arkansas State’s athletics department, will fill the position left vacant by Danny White’s departure. (Orlando Sentinel)
💉 Florida’s vaccine initiative is expanding: Walmart and Sam’s Clubs will begin distributing vaccines on Friday, and Publix just announced its 113 stores across Central Florida are participating in the rollout. (Orlando Sentinel)
🗣Local philanthropic group Central Florida Foundation is hosting a community conversation about the importance of social-emotional learning in children at 2 p.m. today. The chat is free to attend, but you’ll need to RSVP. (Central Florida Foundation)
Members make our 💘 sing
Pulptown+ members are the Mickey to our Minnie, the Ashlyn to our Ali, the John Morgan to Florida's $15 minimum wage… you get the idea. This week we’re saying thank you with a list of 5 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2021 — just for members.
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Things to do
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🧗 Go climbing at Blue Swan Boulders — buy one day pass, get the second for $5 daily (Downtown)
🎟 Go down the rabbit hole at this theatrical take of Alice in Wonderland now through March 22 (Winter Park)
☮️ Take a yoga class in the garden at Mead Botanical Garden (Winter Park)
🖼 Hey mamas, take the kiddos on a stroller tour of the exhibits at Orlando Museum of Art every other Wednesday (Loch Haven Park)
🎶 Jam out to Kaleigh Baker and the Someday Honey band outdoors at Plaza Live (Milk District)
🛍 Shop local makers at this outdoor pop-up market weekly (Thornton Park)
🗣 Let's talk about social media censorship and what it really means (Live and FBLive Event)
🤖 Experience Otronicon and learn more about STEM with onsite and virtual experiences, including exhibitors, speakers, and workshops through Monday (Orlando Science Center)
🖥️ Connect with STEM experts and tech pros virtually to explore how science and technology can help you make your world a better place through Monday (Online)
🧗 Rock climb with a friend — buy a one-day pass and get the second for $5 (Downtown)
🎵 Award-winning jazz pianist, composer, and accordionist Ben Rosenblum will perform twice in one evening (Orlando)
💘 Shop the Valentine's Day Pop-Up at Paper Goat Post featuring local businesses and fresh flowers, sweet treats, art, and gifts (Ivanhoe)
🛍 Celebrate Galentine's Day with an outdoor brunch and some local thrifting (Milk District)
🎉 Celebrate Black History Month with a two-day festival filled with food, fun, a run, and important dialogue in Hannibal Square (Winter Park)
🎟 Grab tickets to the Monster Energy Supercross event happening at Camping World Stadium (West Oaks)
💘 Make it a candlelit dinner for two but leave the planning up to The Dinner Party Project (The Milk District)
💝 Head to the brewery for a V-Day Date Night and the can release of their Valentine's special brew, I Choose Me (Ivanhoe)
🐕 Treat your favorite four-legged friend to a dog day afternoon at the brewery (Ivanhoe)
💃 Step out for an extreme hip-hop and step class with Gio and Mayte (Dr. Phillips)
One more thing
Know any good writers in Pittsburgh? Pulptown’s sister newsletter, The Incline, is on the hunt for a new director (that’s what I do here in case you’re wondering). Anyway, if you know of a yinzer who would make a good fit, could you do me a solid and send them this link?
– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown
P.S. No one asked, but in case you were wondering, I wrote today’s newsletter while listening to the Daily Lift playlist on Spotify. And if you’re anything like me and sometimes struggle to get in the zone, this’ll help keep you focused while also keeping you hip.