All too often we hear of state employees missing the obvious such as a Department of Children & Families investigator not noticing a house of horrors. Do we, as Florida residents, ever wonder why and do something about it?
State employees are some of the lowest paid, whether they are corrections officers, troopers, or case managers. The state hasn’t offered a pay increase in years. And, the prized pension that entices government employees to accept a lower salary for a pension has been taken away, leaving little incentive for better-qualified employees.
The result? Less-qualified employees are hired. Those with better credentials find employment elsewhere, and residents suffer.
So this state budget season, rather than giving big corporations tax breaks, lawmakers should pay our employees what they deserve so that residents get what they need.