United Way of Florida President Ted Granger Discusses Poverty, Prosperity and Minimum Wage on the Latest Edition of The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line
Economic prosperity is the topic of discussion on the latest edition of The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line.
United Way of Florida President Ted Granger explains that businesses and chambers of commerce are already active in their communities and helping those in need.
And he says that there are opportunities for system changes to help Florida families become more financially secure but raising the minimum wage isn’t one of them.
“[A raise in minimum wage] is not going to solve the problem at all. If you look at the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report, the difference between what folks are making and the actual cost of living would require a minimum wage that is so much, it would drive our businesses out of business,” said Granger. “The real issues are systems issues…How can we, creatively, address some of the transportation issues, which is almost always the No.1 issue for the ALICE group, to help them to continue to succeed and work?”
The Florida Chamber believes in a robust free enterprise system, and Florida is on the path to prosperity with record private-sector job creation and its focus on creating high-wage jobs.
The Florida prosperity project will be featured at the Future of Florida Forum. Join us on September 29 – October 1 in Orlando to discuss this and other topics focused on moving Florida forward…faster. The ALICE Report is expected to be released in November.
The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line is a web-based program featuring key figures from Florida’s corridors of power. Hosting the conversation with Ted Granger is Florida Chamber Foundation Executive Vice President Tony Carvajal.