If you’re about to start a new campaign for federal office, a pay raise for state workers is a great move.
Governor Rick Scott did exactly that. Wednesday, the second term governor signed off on pay raises for state workers for the first time since 2013.
“With the signing of this bill, our state employees will receive a well-deserved pay raise, and our state law enforcement officers will receive a 5 percent raise for their life-saving work,” Scott said.
But bumps state workers will see aren’t going to be equal. If a state civil servant is making $40,000 or less, they’ll see a $1,400 increase. At more than $40,000, those employees will get an additional $1,000.
For law degrees, public defenders, state attorneys and judges there’s a 10 percent raise.
It’s different for law enforcement officers too. Law enforcement will see a 5 percent boost and Department of Corrections officers will receive an extra $2,500 a year and a $1,000 hiring bonuses for certain prisons.
Senator Jack Latvala has been a vocal proponent for state workers.
“We want to make sure we keep the most talented and dedicated professional staffers in our state workforce. These employees guard our prisons, protect our highways, care for abused and neglected children, and perform hundreds of other tasks that are in many cases thankless or unnoticed by many Floridians,” said Latvala
State employees will also see changes to their health insurance and retirement.