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Bill proposes annual cost-of-living pay raises for Florida state workers

Posted: 2:30 PM, Jan 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-14 14:32:09-05
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A bill moving through the Florida Senate aims to give state workers annual cost-of-living pay raises.

SB 1114 was filed by Sen. Bill Montford (D) in December, but was approved Monday by the Senate's Governmental Oversight and Accountability with a unanimous vote.

The bill would authorize annual cost-of-living adjustments to base rates of pay of eligible state employees, beginning in 2021. To be eligible for the pay raise, state workers must achieve their "required performance standard."

The bill reads, "a state employee, at minimum, must have met their required performance standard, if applicable, during the most recently completed fiscal year."

According to the bill text, the Office of Economic and Demographic Research would be required to calculate the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index for 38 Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI) each year.

The CPI essentially tracks the annual change in prices paid by consumers for goods and services.

The bill will go through two more committees before the Senate will vote on the measure.