Will Gov. Scott's budget include higher retirement payments from state workers?

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Gov. Rick Scott refused on Tuesday to specifically confirm reports that his proposed budget won’t include higher payments into the Florida Retirement system for state workers. Scott, who plans to release details of his proposed budget on Wednesday afternoon, did say on Tuesday, though, that “odds are there are going to have to be changes,” if the pension plan is get back to being fully funded. He also said, as he has in the past, that workers whose money is in the pension system, want fiscal soundness of the plan, even if it means they have to put more of their pay into it. “The individual involved in a pension plan wants to know that it really is going to be there because they are relying on it,” Scott said. The Palm Beach Post reported this week officials in the governor’s office say his proposed budget will keep the current 3 percent contribution by public employees into the state pension system, a new requirement added this year. Scott had also said in the past that he wanted to make counties, school boards and other local governments put the savings from that change back into the pension pot, but the Post also reported that officials say the governor isn’t including that in his proposed budget either. The new requirement that workers contribute 3 percent of their pay

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