Police officers having buyer's remorse over Prick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott is being scrutinized by law enforcement and other state workers. They claim he is breaking promises he made on the campaign trail.
In a video now circulating on YouTube, Scott responded to the question: "Do you support cutting pensions for law enforcement?"
"I have never said that I would cut pension benefits for anyone -- not state workers, not policemen, not firemen," Scott responded.
Now that he's governor, police union members are saying it seems Scott has flip-flopped.
"I'm getting a lot of calls from a lot of our members saying, 'I wish, you know, I didn't vote for the guy,'" said John Kazanjian, president of the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association.
This week, the governor released his plan for pension reform. The plan, in part, calls for a reduction in the annual service credit from 3 to 2 percent, which basically cuts police and firefighter retirement benefits by a third.
"It's going to be hard, because people are going to have to adjust and make tough decisions now, you know, in their budgets with their family," said Kazanjian.
Under his proposed plan, the governor aims to save the state billions. Part of these savings would also be achieved by requiring public employees, including policemen, firefighters and teachers, to contribute 5 percent of their salaries to their retirement.
"Florida is the only state where state workers don't do that, and our taxpayers cannot afford to pay for a retirement plan if state workers don't contribute," Scott goes on to say in the YouTube video.
"The politicians that we elect need to find some different avenues to take to find some revenue," said Kazanjian. "But now they're going after the pension funds to offset this deficit."
Kazanjian said the next step is to meet with the governor and try to negotiate.
Maybe this will help Dems get back into office, but public workers shouldn't have to be sacrificed for that to happen! Our inept party needs to get it's crap together and win an election for the good of ALL Floridians! If you know a public worker who voted for Scott, remind them it's not in their interest to vote for Republicans!
2. serialiously, what did they think they were gonna get?
someone that cared about them? These are the same people that are swayed by sound bites of s.p. or r.r., that think the only good people are the ones they know, that only the deadbeats lose their jobs, their savings or their homes because they think they'll be protected when the shit hits the bricks.
surprise, surprise, surprise.
I'm laughing about the "meet with the gov and try to negotiate" . Maybe they should have a sick out and prickscott can act like st ronnie and hire new cops overnight.
4. but what is it with the center of state people?
I mean they got their God/guts and guns thing going, but they never realize that living in LaCootchie or Eustis is a road to nowhere? I respect their work ethic but can't fathom what they're thinking. I realize also that the mega farms and phosphate industry have a lot of control over what they do and how they vote, but hey, you'd think they'd want a little more for their kids.
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