In April of 2015 I wrote a letter to the editor and to my state representatives, senators and governor, requesting that state workers be given a raise. To date it has been seven long years since we have had a raise.
Much to my chagrin, here is No. 8 and counting. A recent headline in the paper reads, "$79 billion Florida budget completed in flurry of pork projects."
I can only assume that your state workers are not included in your pork projects. Thank you so much for supporting your correctional staff and your other state employees who are loyal and work hard for this state. We certainly do feel appreciated.
Education, sports, the beef industry -- even the health care low-income received $400 million. I am glad that these folks got what they needed. I do not want to take away from their benefit; however, we need relief and soon.
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Eight very long and tedious years without a raise is unacceptable. When do we get a turn? I need to know who I can ask, who I can count on, what do we have to do to get money in the budget for us.
It appears at the end of the session they were just handing out cash to finish the special session. "Projects that had been previously rejected, suddenly sprang back to life" is another quote that hits the mark. A $1 million line item for a justice center, and $7 million for student school uniforms suddenly appeared. Wow, that is a total of $8 million and would certainly go a long way in raises for our state workers.
I have lost all hope in the recovery for the middle class, especially those who live and work in Florida.