Florida legislators are backing a pay raise for state workers.
Rep. Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland and House budget chief, announced Thursday that the House would propose the first across-the-board pay increase for state employees since 2006.
The $1,400 pay raise -- which would take effect on Nov. 1 -- would be included in the initial House budget.
The Senate, meanwhile, is proposing a three percent across the board pay raise for state workers.
Gov. Rick Scott proposed giving employees a $1,200 one-time bonus while also setting aside money for performance bonuses.
The House and Senate are working on a new state budget to cover the fiscal year that begins July 1. Legislators have until early May to reach a final deal.
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