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Free pension on its way out for Florida teachers, state employees



Gov. Rick Scott's plans to change Florida's pension plan for state employees is picking up steam. The Buzz reports that the state Senate is jumping on board:

"Sen. Jeremy Ring, the Margate Democrat who heads the Senate Governmental Operations Committee, said Senate leadership is ready to end the free retirement now enjoyed by teachers, firefighters, legislators and all other state and local employees in the Florida Retirement System.

"We're one of the last states in the country that doesn't have a contribution and while I think everything's on the table and I don't have a number I feel pretty contribution that a core part of this discussion is employee contributions,'' Ring said after a hearing on pension reform."

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[Last modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 6:03am]


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