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President Office — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 14, 2017

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State Employee Pay Raise Becomes Law

Key Senate Budget Priority Signed by Governor Scott

Tallahassee —

Florida Governor Rick Scott today signed Senate Bill 7022, Public Employees. The legislation provides a pay raise for state employees, including critical market pay adjustments for state law enforcement and corrections officers, among others.

 

“I am pleased to see these pay raises become law today. I am grateful to Governor Scott for signing this important legislation, to Senator Latvala for championing this issue during the 2017 Session, and to Senator Montford for his continued dedication to our co-workers in state government,” said Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart). “My Senate colleagues and I appreciate the hardworking state employees across Florida, many of whom put their lives on the line each and every day to guard our prisons and protect our roads, forests, and waterways. We are blessed with a talented workforce comprised of tireless professionals who often forgo higher paying jobs in the private sector to dedicate their careers to serving the people of this state. We want to make certain we retain this talent in state government and this critical legislation is a step in the right direction.”

 

“This budget contains long-overdue pay raises for our state employees. These are not bonuses, but salary increases for hardworking public servants across the state,” Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. “The most significant investment is in occupations where the state is seeing a high amount of turnover. 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. A dedicated and qualified state workforce is critical to our economy. This budget tells our state employees that we see you, and we appreciate your hard work and contributions to our state.”

 

Senate Bill SB 7022 provides a pay increase for state employees as follows:

  • $1,400 annual increase for employees making $40,000 or less, and a $1,000 annual increase for employees making over $40,000.
  • Correctional Officers:
    • Minimum salary increase – most current officers will receive at least a $2,500 increase.
    • 10 percent special duty pay additive for certified officers assigned to mental health units.
    • $1,000 hiring bonus for correctional institutions with high vacancy rates.
  • Five percent pay increase for most State Law Enforcement Officers.
  • Higher starting salary for Florida Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Officers.
  • Ten percent pay increase for Judges, Elected State Attorneys, and Public Defenders.
  • $10,000 increase for Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsels.
  • Market pay adjustment for the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office to address recruitment and retention issues, as well as a market pay adjustment for certified nursing assistants employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

The bill also includes in line of duty death benefits for all members in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) Investment Plan and allows for renewed membership in the Investment Plan for prior members returning to state employment.