Ron DeSantis Proposes Pay Increase for Law Enforcement

( While promoting Florida as “greener pastures” for police officers leaving their jobs in blue cities, Governor Ron DeSantis said on Monday that his budget will include $73 million to increase pay for Florida law enforcement and first responders.

In a barn-burner speech announcing the proposed increases, DeSantis also brought fire down on the biased media and the COVID lockdown fanatics.

In announcing the proposal on Monday in Orlando, Governor DeSantis said while other jurisdictions might be defunding or reducing police, Florida is showing its appreciation for law enforcement officers by raising their pay.

The governor’s proposed pay increases would boost the minimum pay for entry-level officers by 20 percent while salaried veteran officers would see an increase of 25 percent.

In addition to the pay bump, the proposal would also include a second round of $1,000 COVID appreciation bonuses for first responders, including law enforcement, paramedics, EMTs, and firefighters.

DeSantis also reiterated his intention to secure $5,000 bonuses to help recruit and retain both state and local law enforcement, scholarship aid to attend law-enforcement academies, as well as free certification exams. The objective, DeSantis explained, was to recruit not just Florida residents but also law enforcement officers throughout the country “who are looking for greener pastures.”

Currently, the average pay for a Florida state trooper is around $45,000 a year – far below the $53,000 nationwide average for troopers.

During his Monday press conference, Governor DeSantis also hammered the media for its ridiculous reporting on the Waukesha terror attack, arguing that the media will label parents protesting school boards domestic terrorists while blaming the terror attack in Waukesha on the SUV:

In light of the fearmongering over the omicron variant of COVID-19, Governor DeSantis reiterated in no uncertain terms that Florida would not lockdown businesses or close the schools, saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results: