Speaking before some of the UF faculty and staff who make up that workforce, he said the state can no longer afford the health care and retirement benefits now provided to public employees. The benefits are “out of whack” with those received in the private sector, he said.
“The public servant is doing better than the taxpayers who paid the bill,” he said.
Haridopolos, a Merritt Island Republican who is a lecturer at UF, spoke at the UF’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service. His speech comes as Gov. Rick Scott has just released a proposed budget that includes significant cuts to spending as well as taxes in response to the state’s projected $3.6 billion deficit.
Haridopolos outlined a somewhat different approach than the governor, saying he preferred to first make spending cuts before looking at taxes.