The stakes were raised Monday in the debate over reforming Florida’s public pension system, as one union official decried the proposed “radical” changes and the “myths” public officials expound whenever they talk about the system.
Feeling the heavy pinch of employee pension costs, Florida counties are warning Tallahassee not to balance the faltering fund on their shoulders.
Indian River County Commissioner Peter O'Bryan this month urged the state to bring the Florida Retirement System "more into line with the private sector" by requiring contributions from new hires. Currently, local and state governments fully fund FRS.
Florida voters this year will decide whether they want to amend the state Constitution to allow citizens control over their local city’s development by voting on comprehensive land-use development plans. Giving voters oversight on development in their communities sounds simple enough, but ultimately it depends on who you ask.