House Cuts Proposed Raise For State Workers

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – State workers who were looking forward to a proposed $1,400 pay increase may have to do with less.

On Thursday the House approved a change to a budget bill (HB 5001) that would give employees a recurring increase of $1,000 a year in their paychecks but a one-time $400 bonus based on merit.

It caught several members off guard. Republican Rep. Mike Fasano said voting for the measure would be like reneging on a promise. House budget chair Seth McKeel said the original $1,400 figure was only a suggestion.

Democratic Rep. Mark Pafford even suggested McKeel was attempting to pay for the House Medicaid expansion alternative by stiffing state workers. State employees have not received a raise since 2006.

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