Altman v. Scott — againby John Kennedy | June 23rd, 2011
Republican Sen. Thad Altman, who unsuccessfully sued Gov. Rick Scott for killing the state’s high-speed rail project, swiped at his fellow Republican again Thursday — this time over legislation making 655,000 government employees contribute 3 percent of their pay to the Florida Retirement System.
Altman, R-Viera, represents Brevard County and other parts of Florida’s Space Coast, hard-hit by job losses stemming from the federal government’s closure of the Space Shuttle program. The Florida Education Association and other big labor unions sued Scott in Leon County Circuit Court this week to overturn the FRS overhaul (SB 2100).
Scott praised the legislation in a Thursday ceremonial signing in Orlando, saying it is helping modernize Florida’s pension system.
Altman, though sided with public employees in ridiculing the measure as a tax.
“It is important for government to operate efficiently and effectively,” Altman said. “These individuals protect our quality of life, personal freedoms and insure a bright future for our children; they deserve more.
“This legislation not only hurts public employees, but is detrimental to all the citizens of Florida,” Altman said.