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Pension decision heads to Supreme Court

by 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.”

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10 Responses to “Pension decision heads to Supreme Court”

  1. Dee Says:

    Tick Tock Rich Scott! Can Yuall say one term govnuh!

  2. 2014 Says:

    I’ll vote for Scott. How much are you paying for gas? How much for your groceries? Are you better off after 3 years of Obama’s programs and policies?

    Someone has to do the dirty work to get this nation back on track. Obama has buried us in debt and that debt has to be paid, unfortunately, by the workers.

  3. Thomas Says:

    The Florida Legislation is taking advantage of their position of power, and shifting as much tax money into the hands of corporations as possible. The corporations, in turn, put huge amounts of cash into the campaign coffers of these politicians. Somehow they portray this as simple politics and not as corruption, which it clealy is. Ethics no longer exists in the field of politics, and we all suffer.

  4. We The People Says:

    Everything was crashing then. Now everything is on its way back up. Every economic indicator is improving.Obama kept his promise to turn it around and he did!!!
    Thanks President Obama
    OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Dee Says:

    Dear 2014, Obama has no control over the gas prices and any one who pays attention realizes this.The speculators are in control as evidenced by what happened the other day when a rumor indicated that Obama and the British Prime Minister were going to allow for the reserves to be available. The price of crude dropped $4.00 and this also affected the stock market. Do you really think Obama wants higher fuel prices in the months prior to his re-election? NOT

  6. Dee Says:

    Also 2014, you can sure repeat that Rich Scott has had a lot of “dirty” work that he has accomplished, Can you say medicare fraud! One term govnuh!

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  8. Jim Says:

    Cut workers rights and benefits, give more tax breaks to job creators,get government get out of the way so corporations are free. We don’t need environmental protection, we don’t need regulations on corporations, we don’t need consumer protections, we don’t need health care reform, we don’t need to educate our children,we need to continue fighting and engage in other wars,they know what is best for us, as their beneficent behavior in the past has proven.
    This would almost be comical if the results of 30 years of these policies had not been so destructive to millions so hard working Americans and their families.

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