Gov. Scott To Approve Pay Raise For State Employees

Governor Rick Scott will approve a pay raise for state employees.

Scott will sign a bill Wednesday that includes $183 million that will be used to offer varying levels of pay hikes for workers. Rank-and-file employees who currently earn $40,000 a year or less will get a $1,400 pay raise, and those earning more than $40,000 will receive a $1,000 raise. 

The legislation also authorizes 5 percent pay raises to state law-enforcement officers and 10 percent raises to judges, state attorneys and public defenders. The bill includes changes to retirement and health insurance benefits.

Newly hired public employees will be placed in an investment 401(k) styled-plan if they don't make a choice within nine months of starting their jobs. 

Currently those employees are placed in a traditional pension plan.

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