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Fla. House to propose $1,400 pay raise for workers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida House is proposing a $1,400 pay raise for state workers.

Rep. Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland and House budget chief, announced Thursday that the House would propose the first across-the-board pay increase for state employees since 2006.

The pay raise — which would take effect on Nov. 1 — would be included in the initial House budget.

Gov. Rick Scott proposed giving employees a $1,200 one-time bonus while also setting aside money for performance bonuses.

Senate leaders have also said they are interested in providing a pay raise to state workers as well.

The House and Senate are working on a new state budget to cover the fiscal year that begins July 1. Legislators have until early May to reach a final deal.