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Scott goes slowly on more changes to pension

Dec. 5, 2011

TALLAHASSEE - Florida Gov. Rick Scott won't be pushing any changes to the state's massive $100 billion plus pension plan in the coming year.

Scott is expected to release his budget plans for 2012 on Wednesday.

Earlier this year, Scott pushed for extensive changes to the state pension plan that covers teachers and other public employees. But while legislators embraced some changes, they did not go as far as the Republican governor wanted. Scott wanted public employees to contribute five percent of their salary to cover pension costs. Legislators settled for a three percent contribution that unions are challenging in the courts.

Emails obtained by The Associated Press show that Scott still wants changes. But the governor and his staff agreed to wait until 2013 - after a critical election year.

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