Pension decision heads to Supreme Courtby John Kennedy | March 16th, 2012
The fate of the Legislature’s push to make government workers in the Florida Retirement System contribute 3 percent to their pensions likely rests with the Florida Supreme Court, after an appellate court Friday certified the case to justices.
A Leon Circuit Court judge last week ruled the contribution requirement violated the state’s constitution. The state is appealing the ruling, which casts an ominous cloud over the state’s finances. The Legislature used the $1 billion in pension payments to help cover holes in both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 budgets.
The Florida Education Association, among several public employees’ unions which challenged the pension contributions, said it welcomed Supreme Court review. The First District Court of Appeal chose not to act on the case.
““We’re pleased that this case will move more quickly toward its final resolution,” said FEA President Andy Ford. “This could help hundreds of thousands of middle-class Florida families who have seen their incomes tumble while the governor and legislative leaders handed out tax giveaways to corporations.”