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State Employees In Line For Raises, But At What Cost?

Nick Evans
Credit Nick Evans / WFSU News
Florida's Capitol building

State employees are in line for pay raises for the first time in years. But the potential trade-offs for those pay bumps is raising concerns.

All state workers will get something says Senate Appropriations Chief Jack Latvala. All except Florida lawmakers. But how much they’ll get is still being negotiated, and Latvala says some will get more than others.

“Our law enforcement and corrections officers have a larger percentage of increase than other categories as a whole, but I think that’s justified based on the dangers and risks of the job as well as the turnover we’re experiencing," he said.

What is also unclear is what it took to get the Florida House to agree to the raises. For years the House has called for changes in state employee health insurance and the Florida Retirement system. And there are measures doing exactly that moving in both chambers.

Most but not all employees of public radio stations in Florida are state employees.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas. She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on Twitter: @HatterLynn.