Florida State Workers to Get More Money Next Year

TALLAHASSEE — There will be across-the-board pay raises for Florida state employees in next year’s budget.

Gov. Rick Scott is set to sign a bill Wednesday that includes $183 million for those pay increases, and outlines who gets how much next fiscal year.

Rank-and-file employees who currently earn $40,000 a year or less will get a $1,400 pay raise, and those earning more than $40,000 will receive a $1,000 raise.

The legislation also authorizes 5 percent pay raises to state law-enforcement officers and 10 percent raises to judges, state attorneys and public defenders.

The bill also includes changes to retirement and health insurance benefits.

Newly hired public employees will be placed in an investment 401(k) styled-plan if they don’t make a choice within nine months of starting their jobs.

Currently those employees are placed in a traditional pension plan.

The pay hike plan comes after contentious budget negotiations that forced lawmakers into a three day special session to complete  the spending plan before June 30.