Teachers' pension case headed to Florida Supreme Court
The Florida Education Association's lawsuit to stop last year's law forcing teachers and other state employees to make 3 percent pension contributions is now on the fast track to the state Supreme Court. Judge Jackie Fulford ruled the law unconstitutional in early March, finding that it breached employees' existing contracts.
Fulford said the money that was withheld should be returned to the workers with interest.
The First District Court of Appeal on Friday found the issue to be of "great public importance" requiring the Supreme Court's "immediate attention." It rejected the Scott administration's effort to stop the matter from heading directly to the high court.
"We're pleased that this case will move more quickly toward its final resolution," FEA President Andy Ford said in a release. "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."