Haridopolos: Gov't employee benefits are 'out of whack'

in Uncategorized by

Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos told a University of Florida audience Thursday that state workers must face benefit cuts to help balance the budget.

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.

“We’re going to do first things first,” he said. “We’re going to make the cuts.” Continue reading Nathan Crabbe‘s story here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.