Rick Scott's Plan for Police Pensions

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - In a video of Rick Scott on the campaign trail in October, responding to allegations that if elected he would cut retirement benefits.

"I've never said I would cut pension benefits for anyone; not state workers, not policemen, not firemen."

Scott goes on to say state workers should contribute to their pension plans…
"What we are going to have to require state workers to do, only state workers to do, is contribute a nominal sum to their retirement."

But most police officers aren't state workers. They work for local governments, but Scott's asking all to contribute. He also wants to cut their pensions by a third.

Right now a police officer can retire after 25 years and receive 75 percent of his or her salary. Under Scott's plan they'd have to work 37 years to get the same benefit.

Scott says his plan doesn't contradict his campaign promise.

Scott: It will be more like a 401K plan.
Reporter: But is your plan today different from what you were suggesting on the campaign trail?
Scott: No, No."

Five Florida law enforcement officers have been killed in the past two weeks. Officers see their retirement benefits as a small reward for the risk they take daily.

Another reasons police officers argue their retirement benefits should be kept in tact is their live expectancy. Officers live on average 66 years. That's nine less than the rest of us.

And if officers have to work longer their life expectancy will drop even more, and more of Florida's police force will be over the hill.

Scott says the changes he wants to make to the state pension plan are only to make it stronger so people can bank on having their benefits decades from now

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  • by Anonymous Location: anywhere on Jun 25, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    Rick Scott my dads a teacher he works hard for his money its not his fault students dont want to learn
  • by Mollie Location: Nokomis on Mar 26, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    Experienced my first home invasion last week, 3:30 am, some one came in my house. Police told me when I turned on the light they ran away, they were able to get 10 old finger prints off the window, and now waiting. If I still had an income I would give the police 5%, but lost 100% in Sarasota real estate fraud case, still waiting.
  • by Rick Location: Florida on Feb 23, 2011 at 05:47 PM
  • by Publichealth Location: employee on Feb 23, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    Why should I stay as a nurse for the public health trust - with high risk patients, burns and traumas if I'm going to have same benefits and be compared to private hospital nurse. I'll go to nice private hospital too and do tonsillectomy cases all day. Why would anyone choose to be a police officer if his/her pension will only be .04% more than the secretary ? I doubt they will.
  • by Mike Location: Orlando on Feb 19, 2011 at 08:59 PM
    You union bashers haven't a clue what your talking about! To call us the leaches of society or whatever other negative statements is ignorant. I chose my career in the fire service to protect property and save lives, and it clearly wasn't for the money. I am in the IAFF and I am proud of being in it and earn the benefits I receive. For those of you complaining that Teachers, Fireman, Police and other public employees should pay into our pensions or have cuts into our benefits, shame on you! The next time you wonder why your kids schools receive an "F" rating, or you have a home burglary and a cop doesn't show up to your house before your robbed at gunpoint, or your house burns to the ground with one of your loved ones in it but because they closed fire stations, or your mother or father dies of a heart attack because paramedics weren't at the closest station to get there in time, blame yourself and only yourself! You don't look at the real picture instead of the dollar signs!
  • by Rob Location: GV on Feb 12, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    Simple math will prevail the answer to as why this out of control spending needs to be stopped. It's not about wanting people to suffer, and forgetting how important it is to be a public servant (i.e., firefighter, police officer). Its about providing stability for our future. In the ideal world, every street corner would have a firetruck, and every person would have an EMT following them around and both would have the great benefits they deserve. But we dont. WHY? Because we dont have the funding for it. So where do we draw the line?.... When we do not have the funding for it -like now-. We must protect our future!
  • by Darrell B Location: Tallahassee on Feb 11, 2011 at 04:43 PM
    I wonder who is going to arrest all the criminals when all the policemen quit
  • by S Location: Volusia County on Feb 8, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    RS should implement the plan in waves. If you have over fifteen years of service you should not be affected. You should have the opportunity for D.R.O.P. and they should continue to put in for your retirement. If you have under fifteen years you should lose all D.R.O.P. benefits. If you are a new hire as of 1/1/11 you should have to contribute to your own retirement and also not have any D.R.O.P benefits.
  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Feb 7, 2011 at 10:02 PM
    Rita, whats your plan on fixing the states current unemployment and budgetary concerns? Don't have one, do you? Thats OK, neither did the previous Governor or the Democrats. As for caring about Floridians, anyone who would keep borrowing, increasing social handouts and a financial deficit to leave future generations would in my book be a selfish pig...just the musing of a demented old retiree.
  • by Rita on Feb 7, 2011 at 03:48 PM
    Anyone who thinks Rick Scott's plan will improve the economy in Florida doesn't give a rat's behind for their fellow Floridians. Those old people in Eustis at the "tea party" today are either (1) suffering from dementia or (2) snowbirds that only live here in the winter. And as for that lunatic spouting off about getting rid of Bill Nelson...that lunatic has NO clue!
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