ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS; ADJUDICATION OF DISPUTES (Program)Governor's Recommendations
2022-23
Current Year Budget
2021-22
Difference
DollarsPositionsDollarsPositionsDollarsPositions
$10,836,64275.00$9,094,06465.00$1,742,57810.00
 

 
Policy Area:  ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
Issue:            ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE SALARY INCREASE

Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2022-23
The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-23 includes $912,122 recurring Operating Trust Fund budget authority and associated rate for salary increases for Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). This request would increase the ALJ salaries to $146,377, an increase of approximately $20,000 from the current salary of $126,762. This would place ALJ salaries equal to the proposed JCC salary, thereby eliminating the pay gap between the two. In the last 15 years, judicial salaries have increased 22% for Circuit judges ($165,509) and 27% for County Court judges ($156,377) while ALJ salaries have increased 8.5% to the current rate of $126,762. Article V judges earn over twice as much in retirement service per year than ALJs; specifically, Art. V judges earn 3.33% of pay per year under the Florida Retirement System while ALJs earn 1.6%. DOAH believes the uncompetitive salary has led to the current difficulty of retaining competent legal service. There are 33 authorized ALJ positions, but effective October 2021, only 29 are filled. This is issue is a modified Legislative Budget Request.