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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday proposed a $ 400 million initiative to raise salaries and offer bonuses to law enforcement officers and other first responders across the state.
The proposal, according to the governor’s office, seeks to increase the salaries of law enforcement officers, correctional officers and firefighters at special risk.
For the second year in a row, DeSantis also offered a $ 1,000 bonus for first responders – including law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and firefighters.
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“While other states have turned their backs on law enforcement, even calling for ‘funding the police’, in Florida we continue to support the men and women in law enforcement,” said DeSantis in a press release. “I am proud to propose bigger and more sustainable measures to help our state recruit and retain the best law enforcement officers in the country and to offer bonuses of $ 1,000 to first responders and law enforcement officers. of the order for the second year in a row. “
The proposal proposed by DeSantis would provide $ 73 million to raise the minimum wage for state law enforcement officers by 20% and increase the wages of veterans by 25%. The proposal includes $ 135 million to increase the base salary of correctional officers and Department of Juvenile Justice officers, while an additional $ 1.4 million would go to increase the salaries of special risk firefighters up to 2 $ 500 each.
In addition, DeSantis’ proposal included signing bonuses of $ 5,000 for new local and state law enforcement officers.
DeSantis announced the proposal in Orlando on Monday at the Florida Highway Patrol station, saying it was “probably the most robust package that has been offered possibly anywhere in the country.”
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The governor added that he believed his proposal would appeal not only to Florida residents, but also “some of the best in the country looking for greener pastures.”
The proposal will be considered during the 2022 legislative session in Florida, which is expected to begin on January 11 and end on March 11 of next year.