Florida Gov. wants 5 percent raise for state law-enforcement

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state’s highway patrol troopers, wildlife officers and state law-enforcement agents to get a 5 percent pay raise next year.

Scott will announce the proposal Thursday during a visit to a Florida Highway Patrol station in Orlando.

The governor said in a statement that the state’s nearly 4,000 sworn law-enforcement officers deserve the pay raise for their work in the past year, which included responding to two hurricanes and responding to the Pulse Nightclub shootings this summer.

Scott will include the $11.7 million request in budget recommendations he’ll give state legislators early next year. The Florida Legislature will consider the pay raise during the regular session that starts in March.

Scott hasn’t made a final decision on whether to recommend pay raises for other state workers.

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