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Gov. Scott condemns court's pension ruling, orders 'swift appeal'



Gov. Rick Scott has issued the following statement on the pension ruling:

“As you would expect, I believe this decision is simply wrong. 

"The trial judge has ignored thirty years of Supreme Court precedent in a decision that refuses to allow Florida to have common-sense pension reform. This is another example of a court substituting its own policy preferences for those of the Legislature.  The Court’s decision nullifies the will of the people and leaves Florida as one of the only states in the country in which public employees contribute nothing towards their retirement, leaving working Floridians with100 percent of the tab. 

"The State plans to file a swift appeal to reverse this decision.  Nonetheless, the Court’s order should be stayed throughout the appellate process, which will avoid an immediate impact on the 2012-2013 budget."

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 4:15pm]


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