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TallahasseeVoices: State Workers, Leon Co. Citizens on State Budget

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

Tallahassee, Florida - Feb. 22, 2012 -

Study Objective: To determine which options related to state government & employees Leon County residents preferred for reducing the state budget deficit.

Findings: State employees and other Leon County residents differ significantly on what needs to happen to close the state budget deficit.

State employees have a different perspective on what should be done to reduce the state budget deficit. State employees prefer to:

- Take furloughs (unpaid leave) for 2 weeks
- Reduce their health insurance benefits, and
- Reduce their salaries by 1% across the board.

Leon County residents (who do NOT work for the state) want to:

- Require all state employees to pay 6% rather than 3% of their pension contribution
- Combine annual leave days and sick days to reduce the number of paid days off for state employees
- Reduce the number of paid leave days state employees can roll over from1 year to the next

See the full survey by clicking on the PowerPoint tab above.

TallahasseeVoices is a pro bono internet survey panel sponsored by Kerr & Downs Research with special media support of WCTV. Survey was conducted February 4th to 25th, 2011. 402 of the 5,000 panel members responded. Results are weighted to reflect the demographics of the 90%+ local residents who have access to the internet at home, work, or school.

TallahasseeVoices – brought to you by:
Kerr & Downs Research
Phillip Downs. Ph.D., Senior Partner
pd@kerr-downs.com


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