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State workers rally at Capitol to demand pay raises

Posted at 6:02 AM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 07:31:30-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Dozens of state employees voiced their concerns to the Florida Legislature.

State workers are demanding a pay raise and they took their message all the way to the Capital on Wednesday.

"I can't feed my children but I work every day," said Verricka Lamb.

Verricka Lamb has worked for the state of Florida for eleven years.

And the only raise she ever got she couldn't even use.

"The raise that we did receive of fourteen percent we had to pay back into our retirement," said Lamb.

Governor Ron DeSantis ' 2020 proposed budget does not include a raise for state workers.

Employees say they work too hard to get so little.

"State workers work hard we are the backbone to Florida. We are the people at the bottom that keep the operation running," said Tallulah Thomas.

Now people are saying enough is enough and Tallahassee leaders are standing with them.

"In a state with a 90-billion dollar budget and we cant see fit to provide them with an across the board pay raise on an annual basis so that they can take care of themselves and their families. It's absolutely unconscionable," said Curtis Richardson.

As one year comes to a close,workers are hoping 2020 will bring them a long awaited raise.

"It's time for us to have a raise, you see the work we do not hear it but you see it. So why not give us a raise? Give us what we deserve that's all we're asking," said Verricka Lamb.

State workers hope they will get an answer about a raise by the end of the month.