The Time is Now for Vital Change
Please contact your state legislators immediately; the legislative session begins in early February. Please call, write or email your local legislators. Make your message personal; if you have a loved one receiving services, tell their story and yours. Tell them that continued services in Florida for its most vulnerable population desperately require additional financial support to address the new mandatory minimum wage.
Senator TRAVIS HUTSON (R)
Capitol Office: 416 Senate Building | 404 South Monroe Street | Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100 | (850) 487-5007
District Office: 4875 Palm Coast Parkway, NW – Suite 5 | Palm Coast, FL 32137 | (386) 446-7610 | FAX (888) 263-3475
Representative PAUL RENNER (R)
Capitol Office: 422 The Capitol | 402 South Monroe Street | Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 | (850) 717-5024
District Office: 4877 Palm Coast Parkway NW – Suite 1 | Palm Coast, FL 32137-3677 | (386) 446-7644
Representative CYNDI STEVENSON (R)
Capitol Office: 222 The Capitol | 402 South Monroe Street | Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 | (850) 717-5017
District Office: 309 Kingsley Lake Drive – Suite 902 | St. Augustine, FL 32092-3048 | (904) 823-2300
If you are outside of St. Johns County, you can find your Florida senators and representatives at:
Florida passed an amendment to increase the minimum wage from $8.56/hour to $15/hour by 2026, a total increase of 75.2%. No plan exists to help providers meet or exceed these wage requirements or endure the ever-increasing cost of operating and maintaining compliance standards set by the state of Florida.
Why It’s Important:
Direct Support Professionals should not be minimum wage jobs. Without increased funding for providers like The Arc of the St Johns, we face a looming crisis.
Ask Your Senators and Representatives to:
Approve multiyear commitments to increase provider rates each year through 2026
Support the requested increases for Residential Habilitation, Adult Day Training, Personal Supports, and Respite:
– 16% increase in 2021
– 12% increase per year from 2022-2026