No paycheck pain for Crist's top staffers
TALLAHASSEE — As mass layoffs claim Floridians' jobs and health care, state lawmakers aren't planning to cut their free health insurance premiums or the salaries of more than 1,100 state workers who earn more than $100,000 a year.
Gov. Charlie Crist's budget plan proposes to increase by $13.1 million the amount taxpayers pay to subsidize state worker insurance. About 26,111 top-level employees — including those in Crist's office, the entire Legislature and its staff — have their premiums completely paid by taxpayers.