FEA wins round in pension lawsuit
The Florida Education Association has announced that Judge Jackie Fulford ruled in its favor in its lawsuit against the requirement that state workers including teachers contribute 3 percent toward their pensions. From the press release:
"Circuit Court Judge Jackie Fulford ruled today (March 6, 2012) in favor of the Florida Education Association in its lawsuit on public employees’ mandatory pension “contribution” and reminded Gov. Rick Scott and the extremists in charge of the Legislature that a promise is a promise.
Last year, the Florida Education Association filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the 3 percent tax on teachers, school employees and other workers imposed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Scott.
FEA President Andy Ford hailed the decision as a significant victory for public employees, but as importantly, for the rule of law in our society.
'The judge’s ruling confirms that the Florida Constitution requires the state to live up to its promises, including those made to the public workers by the state itself,' Ford said. "
There have been concerns that this ruling would create a huge gap in the state budget. Some key lawmakers have said they're not worried about that.