CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE
Statement from Governor Rick Scott Regarding Pension Case Before the Florida Supreme Court
Tallahassee, Fla. – “This case is about our efforts to maintain a responsible and sustainable budget for the State of Florida. In 2011, the Legislature passed, and I signed, common-sense public pension reform, which requires public employees – like private-sector employees throughout Florida – to contribute to their retirement plans. Prior to this reform, Florida was one of only three states that did not require public employees to contribute to their pensions.
“The legal question in the case is straightforward. The Legislature relied on and carefully followed a thirty-year-old Florida Supreme Court case, which held that the Legislature can change the public pension system on a going-forward basis. We therefore expect the Supreme Court to follow its own prior decision.”
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