Teacher Pay Raises
Before the legislative session began, with Gov. Rick Scott’s approval ratings refusing to budge from their relatively low position and his time to change his standing with the public fleeting, the governor took something of a gambit.
Florida lawmakers sealed an agreement on a $74 billion budget deal late Sunday for the fiscal year that begins July 1, locking down language on $480 million in teacher pay raises, a new formula for paying hospitals under the Medicaid program and a few projects for key lawmakers’ districts.
State economists are preparing new budget forecasts for how much money the state should collect in taxes over the next few years.
During a stop at an Orlando area school on Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott unveiled a proposal which would give a pay increase of $2,500 to every full time teacher in the state.