BY BUDDY NEVINS
I guess we won’t see Broward Commissioner Marty Kiar at Steak 954 or Blue Martini’s this week.
He probably can’t afford those joints on a minimum wage salary.
Kiar, a Democrat, and State Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay, have pledged to live on a minimum wage for the next five days to highlight the plight of low income workers.
Minimum wage in Florida is $7.79-an-hour. Kiar earns roughly $44-an-hour plus generous benefits as a commissioner.
The Broward commissioner is lucky it is only for five days. He can’t afford the pay cut based on his financial disclosure for last year.
Kiar was the county’s poorest commissioner with $82,930 of assets.
He said the stunt also brings attention to the need to increase the minimum wage.
“Increasing the minimum wage will not only help struggling families make ends meet, it will also spur economic growth. Low- to middle-income individuals are more likely to immediately spend any additional pay than other income groups. At the end of the day, raising the minimum wage is a win-win situation,” Kiar is quoted in a news release.
The release states that “nearly three-quarters—73 percent—support increasing the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation.”
After his election in November 2012, Kiar worked in various county jobs for a day to get a feel for the services being performed.