Rick Scott Wants More Money for State Law Enforcement Officers

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VERO BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 16: Florida Governor Rick Scott makes a campaign stop at a Vero Beach Field Office on October 16, 2014 in Vero Beach, Florida. Republican Governor Rick Scott is in a race against former Florida Governor Charlie Crist in the November 4, 2014 election. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) will propose to set aside an additional $30 million of the state’s budget to provide for a pay raise for officers in the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) and others, and allow for additional recruitment and subsequent training.

The announcement came on Wednesday during Scott’s visit to the Florida Highway Patrol Station in Jacksonville, FL.

“The $30 million in pay raises will help reward our hardworking sworn state law enforcement officers, ensure we can continue to hire highly qualified and dedicated officers in order to serve our state for years to come,” Scott said.

This comes on the heels of an incident where officer Jeremy Mason of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department was shot in his face by a fleeing bank robbery suspect. Mason is expected to survive, and the suspect was neutralized by police.

“We must always do everything we can to recognize our law enforcement officers and let them know how much we appreciate their selfless and total commitment to each of us,” Scott said. “We also must work to continue their safety by continuing to recruit hardworking officers like these we have up here to further build on Florida’s 46-year low.”

At the close of this year’s legislative session, $12.7 million were allocated for a 5 percent pay raise in state law enforcement salaries out of the total $83 billion budget. There are nearly 4,000 state officers statewide.

The funds from this increase would allow state agencies throughout the state to retain officers and recruit additional personnel. For the last several years, these agencies have faced significant challenges with their high turnover rates of trained officers who leave to pursue more lucrative options offered at the local and municipal levels.

Leadership in the legislature is already chiming in on the proposal, which would be likely presented in the Governor’s budget recommendation for next year’s budget.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran said that Scott’s proposal would face the same process as all other requests, and has said that training new officers was already a hefty annual expense. The 5 percent increase passed this year, however, received overwhelming support in his chamber.

Pay raises for state employees has been a hot-button issue within Florida politics for the length of Scott’s governorship – one for which he was frequently criticized for neglecting.

Last May, Scott finally signed a bill that provided across-the-board pay raises for all state employees. This was the first time in 11 years that such a pay increase was passed without compromise to other benefits.

These efforts made by the Florida Governor could be the result of his looming bid for U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Scott’s unpopularity among state workers may be ameliorated by these measures, but recent polls by the University of North Florida, according to Politico, have Scott trailing Nelson by 6 percent. In order to succeed, Scott may need to inch closer to the center on certain policies.

His close relationship with President Donald Trump, who carried the state by more than 100,000 votes, will also be an advantage.

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Christian Green: fuck the hippies.
Scott is DOING things to make florida better.
Posted ON : 07/28/2017
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Jim Ramsey: Old shiny dome is trying to build up a voter base...finally saying he wants to help someone besides himself...I would take it, but wouldn't vote for him at any time
Posted ON : 07/28/2017
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Albert Elias: Doing the right thing, FHP has been underpaid for a very long time
Posted ON : 07/28/2017
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Terry King: BS...... they still enough from people aready
Posted ON : 07/28/2017
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Jerry R Thompson: It's about time! Scott has denied pay raises to State employees for the last seven years. He's a PRICK.
Posted ON : 07/28/2017
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Randall A. Weese: Yet he refuses to sign law enforcement commission orders
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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Robert G Loyd: When is going to reward the the men and women in the juvenile justice department for their hard work and determination to our youth. These officers have not had a raise in 9 years.
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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James Berry: Why isn't he in prison he stole 700 million from feds.
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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Karl Sswed: This SOB is another Trump Inbred traitor!
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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Decker Jeff: Scott fucked all state employees by not giving cost of living raises since he took office. He also made retirement 30 fucking years. These retirement people will not get cola raises when or if they make it. And not to many know it but staff that have been vested are loosing about a tenth of a percent of their cola raise every month since July 2011 so those who were not at retirement date in 2011 and trying to get to that date will never get that 3% cola raise every year so once they retire their retirement amount will never go up basically locking them in to poverty with no insurance cause they cannot afford to pay for cobra cause its a rediculous amount or anything else. So state employees are so screwed in life. Scott is a dickhead. Please pray for my correctional brothers and sisters
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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Jesse Cespedes: He wants more money for his pockets not for state law. Wake up Floridians he's no good for Florida!!!!!
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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James Miller: He should stop spending money on palm trees out on I 75 then WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY Installing palm trees that aren't even native to the state there must be 300 of them out there at 700 dollars a pop not including installation
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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Bryan Passino: I said the same when i saw what he was doing  
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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Nick Nichols: since when are palm tree's not native to Florida ?  
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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Mathew Taylor: Like how he's screwing us with the lottery and the tax nazis fining people for putting sheds on their property....He's a piece of shit.
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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Michael Junge: This is a very much needed item. What's sad is that It's typical political strategy. Screw those who protect you you entire tenure then when you're ready to run for the next office, make an 'effort' to show how good you are 'perceived' to be to LEO.
The first thing he did when elected was froze all budgets except his. He gave big raises to all his staff to keep them there and on his side.
This doesn't fool many people.. None the less - pay and benefited for first responders that were guaranteed' their benefits have changed significantly over the last 7-8 years.
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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Bruce Edwards: Worst governor Florida ever had and I am a Republican!
Posted ON : 07/29/2017
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Bill Fronks: Gangster before elected one after.
Posted ON : 07/30/2017
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Anthony Joseph: This after he destroyed their retirement. It's not enough. The only people who stay in state law enforcement anymore are the people who have been there long enough that they reasonably can't leave.
Posted ON : 07/30/2017
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Daniel de Caussin: Rick Scott, May our Heavenly Father bless you your staff and your family. Thank you for all the good things you do.
Posted ON : 07/30/2017
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Stephen Mattingly: Well considering half the police force is crooked in our state and Scott is a lying pos i dont think cops will even see that money ....
Posted ON : 07/30/2017
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John Badini: Believe me when I say he has another plan in mind and he is using state law enforcement as a way for him to line his pocket more. This guy is the devils twin. And is no good for Florida.
Posted ON : 07/30/2017
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Raoul Bataller: Better think about far more important and costly septic and sewer. Out of sight out of mind groundwater full of feces
Posted ON : 07/31/2017