Cato “Fair and balanced,” Workman saysby John Kennedy | March 30th, 2011
When House Democrats grilled Republican Rep. Ritch Workman about his reliance on Cato Institute findings in proposing a sweeping overhaul of the state’s pension fund, the Melbourne lawmaker tried to defend himself.
“As far as I can tell, the Cato Institute is both fair and balanced,” said Workman, channeling his inner Fox News in describing the libertarian think tank.
Almost 2 1/2 hours later, the House Appropriations Committee approved Workman’s pension bill (CS/HB 1405), on a 15-8 party-line vote, with police, firefighters and other public employees calling for lawmakers to kill the proposal.
Democrats opposed the measure, which would make 655,000 government workers contribute 3 percent of their pay to their pension plan.