Budget conference: Lawmakers reach agreement to boost state worker pay

Gary Rorher of Florida Politics writes that,  "Florida state employees will see pay raises worth more than $638 million starting July 1, the start of the next fiscal year."

Florida state workers will get a pay raise later this year, as House and Senate budget negotiators agreed to hike pay 5.4% across the board, install a minimum wage of $15 per hour for state employees, and increase pay on top of those raises for select groups of workers.


“We applaud the leadership of both the House and Senate for historic increases for the state workers who provide the vital, essential services our communities need,” AFSCME Florida president Vicki Hall said. “State workers are in need of both living wages to lift families out of poverty and enhanced compensation for professionals whose pay has not kept pace with comparable private-sector counterparts.

“I am constantly amazed by the professionalism and dedication our members demonstrate every day. These historic increases to starting pay and significant across-the-board pay raises are well deserved and much appreciated.”

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