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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