Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said Wednesday that he supports giving raises to state employees, though the issue likely will come down to whether the state has enough money for pay hikes.

“If we can afford a pay raise for state workers, I’d like to see it in the budget,” Gaetz told reporters. The president noted that it has been six years since state workers received raises.

“Six years is a long time to wait,” he said.