Despite failing to meet a late Tuesday deadline to finalize a 2022-23 state budget, House and Senate negotiators did manage to approve a 5.38% pay raise for all state employees, along with setting a new, $15-an-hour minimum wage for these workers. 

House budget chair Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City, and his Senate counterpart, Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, agreed to the pay raise before getting bogged down amid a host of big ticket items still unsettled across a proposed budget topping $100 billion for only the second time in state history.

House budget negotiators, Rep. Jay Trumbull and Sen. Kelli Stargell

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About 9 p.m. Tuesday, Trumbull and Stargel sent a memo to fellow lawmakers acknowledging that they wouldn’t make a midnight deadline in time for a constitutionally required 72-hour waiting period before lawmakers can vote on the budget by Friday’s last scheduled day of the 2022 session.

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