State Representative Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) commended House Speaker Will Weatherford Monday on his decision to include a $1,400 per year pay increase for all state employees in the House Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.

"This budget shows the legislature's commitment to rewarding state employees who have gone without a pay raise for too long," Beshears said. "The legislature has had to make tough decisions to address budget deficits in recent years and because of those decisions we are now in a place to make responsible investments to move our state forward.  One of those investments is increasing the pay of our state employees who have shown hard work and dedication to the people of Florida.

"State employees play a critical role in advancing our state.  This money will help retain our valuable current employees and also attract the best employees possible in the future. I look forward to working with the Speaker and the Senate to assure this proposal becomes a reality."