October 19, 2012
Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (850) 488-0965 or (850) 445-5110
State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda Proposes a 7% Raise for State Employees
TALLAHASSEE, FL – State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee) is advocating that st
Representative Rehwinkel Vasilinda estimates a cost of about $ 487 million to give a 7% raise to all state employees. Representative Rehwinkel Vasilinda’s proposal is not out of line with what other states are doing with their portions of the national mortgage foreclosure settlement. For example, the state of Georgia has decided to use all $ 99 million of its settlement funds for programs designed to attract new businesses. Representative Rehwinkel Vasilinda has also pointed out the fact that next year’s tax revenues are expected to increase by about $ 700 million and that if the raises are not sourced from the settlement funds, then they should be authorized from the state’s general revenue. She believes that the raises are more than justified given the fact that Florida’s state employees are among the lowest paid among the 50 states while also being the leanest in number per capita as compared to other states. The Representative said that in addition to the raises being much deserved and long overdue, the increased purchasing power that state employees would gain would provide a needed boost to Florida’s economy.
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