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State workers get raise

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- State workers are getting a pay raise for the first time in seven years.

House and Senate budget negotiators on Saturday agreed to offer a $1,400 pay raise to all those who currently earn less than $40,000. State employees who earn more than $40,000 will get a $1,000 raise.

Roughly 35 percent of all state workers will also be eligible for a $600 performance bonus.

State employees have not had an across the board raise since 2006. Since that time, state finances have been strained.

House and Senate budget negotiators are working through the weekend to put the finishing touches on a proposed $74 billion budget.

They must wrap up their work by Tuesday in order for the session to end on May 3.