If this were any other workplace, you would consider it a war zone. … My staff gets bitten, hit, kicked, spat upon, defecated on, urinated on — for $8.23 an hour. And every time we start talking about giving our guys a pay raise, the governor comes along and cuts the rates.

That pay rate is a dollar above Florida’s minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. It’s also right around the average pay for around-the-clock in-home aides. Aides who work 24 hours a day for four-day stretches told the Sentinel they make around $800 a week, which works out to $8.33 for every hour they’re on the clock.

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