AFP-sponsored poll shows strong support for shifting state workers into 401(k)-style plans, opposition to sports subsidies

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With news reports suggesting that Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s plan to overhaul the state’s pension fund appears is in doubt, a new poll sponsored by Americans for Prosperity shows strong support for legislation that would shift state workers to 401(k)-style investment plans.

The poll, conducted by the Tarrance Group, shows that 63 percent of Florida voters support placing all new state and local employees in 401(k)-style retirement plans, the key component of HB 7011 that has passed the House and waits for Senate action.

The poll also shows voter opposition to taxpayer-funded incentives. Specifically, 80 percent of voters are opposed to giving handouts to professional sports franchises to renovate or construct stadiums.  In addition, 70 percent said they would be less likely to vote for their State Representative if they support giving taxpayer dollars to professional sports teams.

“The results of this poll are clear, voters want accountability for the way their tax dollars are spent,” commented AFP’s Florida State Director Slade O’Brien. “Voters oppose the use of tax dollars as corporate handouts, especially for professional sports teams, they don’t want government picking winners and losers in business, and they support the pension reform plan that Speaker Weatherford has proposed in HB 7011. Despite the positions put forth by the lobbyists in Tallahassee, voters support policies that will responsibly use their taxes and don’t support the current status quo.”

Full details of the poll are here.

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