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Fla. Senate Budget Chairman Latvala Praises Gov. Scott's Law Enforcement Pay Raise Plan

Governor Rick Scott's twitter
Surrounded by different law enforcement agencies in Orlando, Governor Rick Scott announced a proposed pay raise for law enforcement officers.

The Florida Senate’s new budget chair is coming out in support of Governor Rick Scott’s plan to provide pay raises for the state’s law enforcement agencies.

At an Orlando press conference Thursday, Governor Scott announced his proposed budget for next year includes $11.7 million to reward Florida’s close to 4,000 law enforcement officers.

“I will propose a five percent pay raise for all sworn state law enforcement officers as part of my 2017-2018 recommended budget,” said Scott. “The brave men and women who serve Florida as members of our state law enforcement agencies work hard each and every day to make Florida the safest place to live and raise a family. And, they deserve to be rewarded for their life-saving work.”

Scott says the officers are especially deserving after responding to this year’s two Hurricanes and the Pulse nightclub shooting—the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Agencies eligible for the proposed increase include the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

In a tweet, Senate Budget chairman Jack Latvala says he commends the Governor’s proposal, since “they’ve only had two pay raises in nine years.”

Latvala has said his top priority this session is pay raises for all state employees.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.