Like a retiring city manager fleeing into the night with a severance package most of us could only dream of, this summer is racing by at a record pace. Though unless you’re the recently-arrested President of the Florida League of Cities (see this link for the big news on that story: http://www.webpronews.com/fbi-arrests-two-florida-mayors-for-public-corruption-2013-08), this has been a productive summer. Property values are back on the rise in many cities and counties, making it harder for governments to deny public employees long overdue cost-of-living adjustments. Retirement plans are making big gains (see the article below for more) and our members continue working hard, despite the heat and heavier workloads.
With still a full five weeks remaining in the annual legislative session, this year does not appear to be one in which major changes will occur that affect CFPBA/PEA members. Two significant proposals are moving in both the House and Senate. The first is a bill that would change the way the Florida Retirement System treats employees who are hired for the first time after January 1, 2014. While the House version would place all employees hired after that date in a defined-contribution plan and prevent them from being part of a traditional, defined-benefit plan, the Senate version of this bill would do this only with those classified as Senior Management Employees or Elected Officials.
Too often it goes without saying, but the work our members do day in and day out often prevent tragedy, heartache and save lives. All in a day’s work. For Sergeant Blake Lanza of the Melbourne Police Department, his quick action was lauded recently as he extracted an unconscious motorist from a burning vehicle.
NAGE has announced its 10th Annual scholarships program. Each year, fifty scholarships in the amount of $500 each are awarded in a lottery.Applicants must be planning to attend or already be attending a two- or four-year college, trade or technical school to be eligible.