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Budget chiefs sign off on state worker pay raises

by Dara Kam | April 27th, 2013

After six years without a raise, state workers will have a little more money in their pockets under salary increases signed off on by House and Senate leaders Saturday evening.

Under the plan, state employees who earn less than $40,000 will get a $1,400-a-year pay hike. Those earning more than $40,000 will see $1,000 increases. The average state worker salary in 2010 was about $48,000, but that includes highly paid employees such as university presidents and agency heads.

Senate budget chief Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said the $1,400 raises, about 3 percent, will go to the bulk of the state’s nearly 100,000 workers, who he said earn less than $40,000 a year.

The deal also includes one-time bonuses based on merit and performance of between $500 and $600 for about 35 percent of state workers, Negron said.

“Both sides wanted to recognize the fact that our coworkers in state government not only here in the Capitol but all throughout Florida work hard every day. We appreciate their contribution to state government to our fellow citizens,” Negron said at a Saturday evening meeting with his House counterpart Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland.

State workers last got a pay bump in 2007 with $1,000 bonuses. Their last salary increase was a 3 percent hike the previous year.

The latest deal inched lawmakers closer towards closing out negotiations over the $74 billion budget before the session ends on Friday. Gov. Rick Scott’s spending plan had included merit-based raises only. And lawmakers still haven’t conceded to his demand for $2,500 across-the-board hikes for teachers.

Negron also did a turn-around on what was considered to be a settled item regarding license tags. Last night, the House and Senate agreed to put out to bid a contract for the tags which have been manufactured by PRIDE, a private company that uses inmates, for the past three decades. The House had wanted Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises Inc. to keep the contract.

But Saturday morning, Negron said the Senate changed its mind thanks to intense lobbying by some of his colleagues.

“One of the benefits of the conference process is it enables all of us to take a final look at each of these issues and get input from members of the conference both from those who are able to be here in person and also those who are able to talk to us by phone,” Negron said.

He said “a number of senators” called to say that PRIDE has “a long and distinguished track record of working with inmates helping them to gain employment skills, life skills and other things they will need when they complete their sentence to become productive members of society who can get and keep jobs.”

Negron didn’t elaborate about the availability of post-incarceration license tag-producing jobs.

Negron and McKeel were expected to meet late Saturday evening to discuss water and beach renourishment projects.

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12 Responses to “Budget chiefs sign off on state worker pay raises”

  1. Hooray Says:

    I am a state employee and am glad to get something. I haven’t seen a raise since 2007 and my CPA was shocked when she did my taxes that I am making less now than 5-10 years ago. This is a welcomed relief. After 27 years of employment with the State, I am releived to know that I will get some increase.

  2. whasup Says:

    Last I heard PRIDE was mainly only hiring inmates with very long sentences and lots of time remaining to serve, so they can have a steady, reliable workforce with little turnover.

  3. Fedup Says:

    What about Palm Beach County employees who haven’t had a raise in 5 years and are making less because of Scott and his buddies….Remember, election day is coming and you guys are hopefully going..going…gone.

  4. JAFOBSS Says:

    @Fedup. Chack your Facts the Rank and FIle of PBC have not had raises. Many Directors have gotten raises. 3 in my Dpt got 10%.

  5. Jupiter Guy Says:

    Sorry, but this is pure BS. All they need to do is rescind the 3% targeted tax and that would fix part of the problem. The rest will get fixed when we vote these clowns out of office.

  6. Fedup too Says:

    I too am a PBC employee and have not seen a raise in 5 years. proposed for fy2014 at first was $1200 across the board for everyone which would have saved the cty instead of giving 3% across the board to the big mucky mucks makings $100K + a year. But from what i hear now, being proposed is a 3% for everyone and if the 3% is less than 1200 for some people then they will get $1200 instead. SWA just got a 3% increase effective immediately. PBSO has been getting raises all along even the civilian employees.. whats up with that… the BCC staff is treated like the bottom of the barrel lets see the county run with out the BCC staff how will that work for them??? I am making the same amout I made back in 1990 my salary has gone down thanks to Gov Scott balancing the budget on the backs of the little guys with a 3% decrease in pay on top of no raises for 5 years. I want my money back and of course the courts ruled in favor of the snake…He needs to go !!!!

  7. Tea Lady Says:

    Really, a good share of these jobs could and should be outsourced to private firms. Private firms would cost us taxpayers less money. This includes prisons, schools, school lunches, and road work/maintenance.

    It’s a truism that Free Markets always provide goods and services at the lowest cost and maximum efficiency!

    Let’s shrink the size of Big Government AND save ourselves a bundle in taxes! It’s a win-win solution! =)

    Join The Tea Party! We want to shrink bloated Big Government — and save You The Taxpayer money! =)

  8. OBIWAN Says:

    Hooray, any ‘state employee’ with a high school education could be doing own taxes instead of ‘hiring a CPA’.

    Many of us think most state services are fluffed the same way, with little initiative and lower expectation productivity!

    Over at the Dept of Revenue for instance, those ‘state employees’ are the higher paid…
    … and only collect 10% of court ordered TANF ID’d Baby Dad’s child support…
    … even with jail-time making those license plates as their lever?

    Not impressed. Should all be merit based to clean out the rubble!

  9. OBIWAN Says:

    PRIVATIZATION:

    1. Hire a private collections agency to haunt those derelict ‘fathers’ refusing to pony up child support.

    2. Set reasonable expectations of 90% versus the abjectly failed 10% for TANF Baby Dad ID’s.

    3. Put those in jail to make license plates IF not paid.

    4. Fire and hire a different company if goals are not met.

    No private company would accept 10% collections of anything court-ordered.

    When those ‘fathers’ are paying $500 a month instead of $50 …
    … we kick the Baby Mom off welfare?

  10. Fedup Says:

    Hey JAFOBSS….here’s the facts moron…I am a County employee and I HAVE NOT GOTTEN A RAISE IN 5 YEARS. That’s a fact…I don’t give a crap about your Department or the Directors…

    Also…
    Tea Moron…crawl back under your rock…you just a moron also.

  11. Jupiter Guy Says:

    Tealady, you do realize that if the jobs are outsourced to private firms it is going to end up costing the state more than if they stick with the current employees, don’t you? Or are you just so set in your stupidity that you refuse to see or hear anything other than what fox news puts on the air?

  12. LOL Says:

    YOU GUYS ARE SO FUNNY. I’M JUST HAPPY THAT WE WILL BE GETTING SOMTHING. I’M GRATEFULL WERE NOT JOBLESS. REMEMBER THE WORLDS’S GETTING WORSE NOT BETTER SO COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS AND SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY AND NOT RUBISH LIKE THIS. DON’T PUT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN MONEY OR MAN, BUT PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD. HE WILL ALWAY PROVIDE HE NEVER FAILS. THESE MEN ARE ONLY ARE RESOURCE NOT OUR SOURCE. IF GOD CREATED US HE IS MORE THEN ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF US AND IF YOU DON’T KNOW CHRIST I SUGGEST YOU GIVE HIM A 90 DAY TRIAL I PROMISE YOU WONT RETURN HIM. AND WHEN YOU DO TRY HIM HE WILL ALWAYS PROVIDE FOR YOU NO MATTER WHAT.

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