Florida House Budget Cuts May Affect Retired Workers

Florida's House Lawmakers managed to forge a balanced budget, but the new plan is not without its share of objections. The plan relies on stimulus dollars, a tuition hike, and trust fund raids to make up for $3-billion in lost revenue.

Legislation to cut retirement benefits and save the state $200-million was first defeated, when 15 Republicans stood with the House Democrats to vote down the measure. However, after a short break, the House reconvened and used legislative rules to jam the bill through. If the Senate agrees to the cut, thousands of retired state workers will have to rework their retirement plans.

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  • by Larry Location: Tallahassee on Apr 19, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    As a retired state employee, I am sorry to see the proposed deletion of the $5 per year benefit per month. Maybe the persons voting for this would mind paying back the amount for insurance they did not have to pay because of what they voted themselves, or maybe they could start limiting their "trips". I also understand some who voted NO were stripped of their positions on the committees they were on. Maybe the past one sanctioned should not be the only one sanctioned. As for everyone paying for insurance, that should have been the policy all along. Except those that vote yes/no on this in session have the power to be exempt. Of course, those of us who go to elections have the power to replace those, and make the next reapportionment sensible as to geographic area for each official running for each office. God Bless. they have legislatures
  • by Jean Location: Tallahassee on Apr 18, 2010 at 05:11 AM
    I am 77 years old and have been retired from the State of Florida for 13 years. If this thing passes, it will decrease my monthly income by $130. That's going to hurt. I can't believe our leaders would pull the rug out from under us like that. You plan and plan so that you can live within your means and not be a burden to anyone - and then you get blindsided like that. What's next? A law requiring us to die by age 75 so they can get us entirely off the payroll? This is a bad time to be elderly.
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