Much as it pains me to agree with Gov. Rick Scott on anything, I have to admit that his idea to require workers on the state pension system to contribute five per cent of their salaries toward their retirement packages makes sense, particularly in this time of financial tribulation.
Frankly, it came as a surprise that, up until now, they have had to make absolutely no personal contribution. Those who set up the system, in their wisdom, left that burden to the taxpayers.
To those of us who work in the private sector, particularly in the age of the 401(K), the idea of the personal contribution is as much of a given as the medical insurance co-pay. It’s pointless to complain, because that’s the way it is and there’s nothing we can do about it.
There is nothing select about state employees that should elevate them above those whom they serve. Yes, the unions scream that it amounts to a pay cut, but the rest of us have always deducted that payment from our salaries, so it’s only an affront if you aren’t used to it. In addition, state employees ought to have to identify with the rest of us, and realize that state money isn’t “free” money. It’s our money (theirs too), and needs to be husbanded.
Somehow, I don’t think this new levy is going to cause state employees to quit their jobs in outrage. There’s never been a problem filling a state job when it opens up, five per cent or no five per cent.
And we won’t even go into that cumulative sick leave policy.