TallahasseeVoices: Governor Scott And State Employees

By: Eyewitness News; TallahasseeVoices Email
By: Eyewitness News; TallahasseeVoices Email

Tallahassee, Florida - April 11, 2011 -

Leon County residents oppose everything Governor Scott has proposed for state employees, according to the latest TallahasseeVoices survey.

Since Tallahassee is a government town, it is not surprising that citizens reject Scott’s proposals to reduce state employee benefits, yet even citizens who do not work for state government reject all of Scott’s proposals except the one that requires state employees to contribute 5% toward their retirement benefits.

54% of citizens oppose Scott’s plan to have state employees pay 5% toward their retirement; 56% of private employees support this proposal.

61% of citizens oppose ending DROP; 72% of state employees oppose ending DROP.

78% of citizens oppose capping state employees’ health insurance contributions at $5,000 annually; 87% of state employees oppose it.

70% of citizens oppose eliminating 8,600 state jobs; 75% of state employees oppose it.

76% of local citizens say state employees are getting unfairly punished – they haven’t had a raise since 2006, insurance premiums have been increasing, and now Governor Scott is proposing more hardships; 83% of state employees feel this way.

53% of citizens believe Tallahassee’s economy will suffer because of Scott’s proposals; 66% of state employees feel this way.

The full release can be found above in Power Point format.

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  • by Lisa Location: Orlando on Apr 13, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    State Worker: Continuous insufficient resources and personnel to meet the needs of the public; Consistently have done a better job than the private outsources at less cost only to have the responsibilties returned to us from the outsource vendor. College educated, no pay raise or cost of living in 6 years. Ability to barely support a family on maybe $34,000 a year after over 15 years of service. No pay for extra hours worked. Stays because they beleive in helping and protecting the public. Ability to withstand overall undue criticsm from some of the public that have never experienced trying to accomplish so much with so little. Consistent studies indicating the private sector averages $10,000 more for the same type of job. Misunderstood by many of the public as the workers hands are tied due to a lack of funding, waiting for improvemnt proposals to go through the legislative process and the everchanging political demands and focus. I have never worked for a State Department that was anything less than described. I like serving and protecting you, your family or your neighborhood. We do not deserve the treatment we are receiving.
  • by Andy on Apr 13, 2011 at 03:46 AM
    The pension of State employees being overrun by those in "control," those "in control" voting gifts for themselves. There's definitely something that stinks in Florida. BP put oil in the Gulf. Morons put Slick Rick in the Gov's mansion. Both are detrimental to the state of Florida.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Apr 12, 2011 at 05:36 PM
    What do you expect. This is a government loaded town and government employees don't want it undisturbed. Well, those people who own businesses [do] want it disturbed because they are the ones paying the bills of government. In their absence, there is no government. Move our city commission and our county commission to an area like Ocala, Leesburg, Bartow, or any other area where people earn a living away from government, and our commissions would not last a week before there would be a firestorm of people hailing for their recall. In closing, why cannot useless government jobs disappear the same as useless private sector jobs?
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      by Sharon on Apr 13, 2011 at 03:09 PM in reply to
      Those businesses that you speak of must not be too worried about the money they'll lose when Srare employees can't afford their services. Let's see how many private businesses have to cut back as a result of this.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Apr 12, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    I think that people are not looking at the big picture. You people that voted for Scott because you thought what he was saying was all good unitl it affected you. I am still young and have been with the state for 9 years. I don't care who you work for even the smartest person knows that people can not survive on what state workers get paid having a degree or not. We have not had a raise since 2006 with everything going up but the state does not want to give you more money. We can look forward to a lot of crime and hardship. People that has never had to struggle panic in hard times we have seen this when the Bush's were in office. So to the ones that voted for Rick Scott you are getting just what you deserve.
  • by RepublicanNoMore on Apr 12, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    why is it you private sector people feel the need to bash the public sector? when the economy was fat, did you hear the public sector complain you were making more and had better benefits? no! oh but when you are felling the pinch, after years of living high on the hog, then suddenly its the public sectors fault for your demise.
  • by Lip Cheese on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    State employees around this area do nothing but socialize all day and collect money for it. Been that way for a long time. It's tradition, if you are graduating highschool and are lazy with no ambition, you go get a nice state job where you can have the ambition/personality/intelligence of a wet rock and flourish.
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      by Rita on Apr 13, 2011 at 03:12 PM in reply to Lip Cheese
      You, obviously, don't deal with too many State offices. Years ago, I would have agreed with you. Today's offices have "cut the fat." The problem is if you kick a dog so many times, he's going to either roll over and die or get up and bite the hell out of you. The private sector is going to feel more of the bite than the State employees.
  • by airborne on Apr 12, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    There was a time I worked one full time job and four part-time jobs to get my school loans paid off and support my family and pay my bills. I worked 16 hour days the past week but that was my choice, being a private businessman. I didn't have time to vote in this poll, I was busy working. When I worked for the state for two years I watched people take two hour lunches, show up an hour late and leave an hour early. We were given the last week of December off and it didn't count against our vacation time and an administrator told us "don't brag about it or people in the community might complain." This was the same administrator who ordered the maintenance people to change the oil in her car and put air in her tires from time to time and repeatedly ordered me to do illegal things, which I always refused. Incompetence and fraud at several state departments have cost me tens of thousands of dollars in the past few years. I refuse to hire former state workers because they are too much trouble, too much whining and complaining. I have collegues who refuse to bid for local government contracts because they have been screwed over too many times in the past. You want sympathy, it's in the dictionary. You reap what you sow.
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      by HMMMM on Apr 12, 2011 at 07:53 AM in reply to airborne
      Not sure which state agency you WORKED for but I will tell you I have been with the state over 15 and never have I even saw such a place. If is was so bad why did you take that time off. Also, no one would ever demand me to do something illegal and have me do it. So I think you are blowing smoke after the fact... Sounds like you took advantage of these extras and then whine and complain about it.. It's bull crap ur telling and I don't hardly believe you... Anyway as a state worker anyone would be glad and pleased to have THIS stateworker. I go the extra mile and give the extra effort any employeer would be pleased with!
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      by RepublicanNoMore on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:05 AM in reply to airborne
      airborne, i have been public sector for several years and have never seen anyone take 2 hour lunches. you may have and i will not call your credibility. i know from my experiences, i rarely leave the office for lunch. i simply dont have the time. in your case someone should have nailed your management to the wall. that is unacceptable in any environment. there are some in the public sector that do take advantage of the system. these bugs should be squashed. to lump all into this category is irresponsible. what is really odd, everyone is hitting the rank and file workers very hard, yet ignore the real violators of public trust. in fact you vote for them every few years.
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      by Agree on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM in reply to airborne
      I am a state worker who voted FOR Rick Scott, but first I want to reply to the person above. I believe what you say, I have seen the very same type of state worker and wonder how long they can get away with it...and believe it or not, I have seen that THESE workers get promoted and move on up. WHY is that? Nothing makes sense anymore.I voted for Scott because I believe we should all do our part in these hard times, although I am rather shocked at how extreme he seems to be taking it. I am contemplating leaving the state but for quite awhile now I have wondered how bad a "reputation" I have now, as a state wroker, even though I have always worked as hard as I can. One of the first remarks from a state worker to me when I started, was that I must never have worked for the state before cause I didnt know how it's done".
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        by Janet on Apr 13, 2011 at 03:19 PM in reply to Agree
        I don't believe you're a State worker at all. Since 1972, I've worked for five different State agencies. In each and every one, if you didn't do the work, get it right the first time, and do it in a timely manner, you were gone. If you worked for a State agency that did otherwise, that agency should be shut down. I'm proud of the agency in which I work. In the private sector, yes, I could ern more. But there's more to a job than how much it pays. The pride of doing a great job, the coworkers we are blessed to have, and the efficiency and quality of our agency makes us all want to stay and "bite the bullet." It's more than a job. It's knowing you're working to make our state a better place.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 at 11:23 AM in reply to airborne
      First, state workers are people like everyone else in the world and because you had one bad apple does not all apples bad. State workers for the most part to me run the state. if we don't do the work it won't get done explain that.
  • by God Loves Ricky-Bobby on Apr 12, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    This man is a fool a thousand times over, as well as a liar and a thief. As are any and all who follow him.
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      by mr sarcasm on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:22 AM in reply to God Loves Ricky-Bobby
      You're such a nice little boy...too bad we can't apply a face to the ignorance...
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        by Big Blue Smirf on Apr 12, 2011 at 09:25 AM in reply to mr sarcasm
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        by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM in reply to mr sarcasm
        I think you are out of line to call a person you do not know out of his name. what makes him ignorant? because he has an opinion, well I can call you ignorant.
  • by Edith Location: Florida on Apr 12, 2011 at 05:20 AM
    The time has come to stop the bickering between ourselves and take back the respect and loyalty we had for each other. Rick Scott is enjoying watching the citizens of Florida battling among themselves. He has create situations by attacking the jobs that are dear to the citizens and have help the state to be considered as a place to move to and live out our retirement. Thebest way to handle this situation is to come together again and make Florida the state that everybody will be proud to call home. Let's stop the game and make him prove himself as a Leader and not somebody who throw the rock and hide his hand.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM in reply to Edith
      Reply to Edith, You said a mouth full. I agree
  • by DumBolilo on Apr 12, 2011 at 05:13 AM
    Actually he is one of the most despised governors in America. Wait until you read his "Chest thumping" story about how the Federal government found an extra 1.7 Billion dollar that Scott rejected for the high speed rail. rick is such an idiot, that is not where it came from. Federal money does not go back once it is allocated to the state level...other states are fighting for our money now. North Carolina will most likely get it, and we look stupid...hat money that our thief governor THINKS is from him, is really federally appropriated budget money....and rick looks dumber by the minute.
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      by Bolillo on Apr 12, 2011 at 07:22 AM in reply to DumBolilo
      Any politician that proves to me that he\she - dem\rep is not accepting\spending borrowed money, has my vote. Get used to Gov. Scott. If he is not Prez in 2013, he'll be YOUR governor.
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        by AkitaPunch on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:14 AM in reply to Bolillo
        I rather doubt this bumbling, incoherent, glassy-eyed import will be anything after 2014....He'd better save his pennies. In the interim, maybe he should investigate a teleprompter like the bumbler in chief...it'd reduce the embarrassment that I as a NATIVE Floridian feel whenever I have to listent to him "um" and "ah" and "W" (W never finished a sentence either and was a chronic malaprop) around trying to weasel out of answering simple questions. Hey Teabaggers, is this the best you could do? Hahahaha. I thought so. Losers.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:53 AM in reply to Bolillo
        With an approval rating somewhere in the 30's, I am not concerned with RS being a candidate of any sort in 2013. I only fear what else he can ruin in his single political term.
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          by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM in reply to
          alot. The Busch family almost ruined our countries good name and we are letting Scott continue it.
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      by Scott supporter on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:02 AM in reply to DumBolilo
      So you'll be moving to North Carolina where the smarter liberals are? That will be one less bone head we'll have to deal with in FL. Have a safe trip.
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        by RepublicanNoMore on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:10 AM in reply to Scott supporter
        so, if those funds goes to ricks friend in texas for the same project, would you also conclude that texas is the place for smarter liberals. oh yes...i forgot thats where W lives. if you really want to know what happened to our economy, look there first.
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