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State workers rally at Capitol campaigning for pay raises

Posted at 5:16 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 17:16:18-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governer Ron DeSantis recently proposed over $91 billion for the state budget next year.

But missing from that budget, a pay raise for state workers.

On Wednesday, a group of state workers and people who support their pay raises rallied at the Capitol. They're asking for a five percent raise.

They also want a two percent increase in Cost of Living Pay.

Commissioner Curtis Richardson has felt the direct impact of the low wages that state workers face.

"Friends everyday, people that I attend church with, participate with local organizations, people who are state employees and I see how it impacts them everyday," said Richardson. "Again, when they have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet."

In the past 12 years, state workers have seen two pay raises and one pay cut.

They hope to have the pay raise by the end of the year.