Florida Highway Patrol Reaches Milestone Anniversary

Well, it’s now official: Happy 75th (Diamond) Anniversary to the Florida Highway Patrol! The Patrol was created in 1939 by an act of the Florida Legislature as part of the Department of Public Safety under the direction of Colonel Neil H. Kirkman – the namesake of the Patrol’s Tallahassee headquarters under the Department of Highway […]

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Budgets Unveiled – House: 5% Across-the Board Pay Increase; Senate: Merit

The long-awaited House and Senate budgets were unveiled by leadership in Tallahassee, and in general, the results are positive. House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) is recommending a 5% across-the-board pay increase for troopers and other state law enforcement officers, as well as non-sworn division personnel. The Senate includes agency-discretion merit pay increases for all […]

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Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Scott Signs Budget

Governor Rick Scott made short work of the budget, signing the record $74.1 billion spending plan less than 3 weeks after it was approved by the Florida Legislature. Scott vetoed nearly $368 million in mostly local pet projects, but left intact the critically important pay increase for state employees and the supplemental pay increase for […]

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