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Is the public pension system in Broward County fair to taxpayers?


WHAT:           Is the public pension system in Broward County and Florida fair to taxpayers?

The national pension reform wave has not washed over Florida, where state and local taxpayers pay more than $3 billion a year to fund public retirement benefits. But with the state facing another multibillion dollar budget gap, many local governments struggling to balance their budgets, and with basic services still on the chopping block, lawmakers cannot ignore benefits that are often more generous than what is offered by other states and private companies. Expert panelists offer pros and cons of potential legislative action.

SPEAKERS:  Ray Edmondson, CEO, Florida Public Pension Trust Association (FPPTA)

The FPPTA is a non-profit organization that was established in 1984 for education and information about the public pension system and protecting Defined Benefit Pension Plans. It provides support services to pension boards throughout Florida, and more than 22 of the state’s 488 pension boards are members.

Mark McCormick, President Gulfstream Capital Holdings

Gulstream Capital Holdings is the parent company of the Gulfstream Media Group and Mirabel Technologies. Mark is also active in The Broward Workshop, the CEO council of Broward County’s leading businesses, and a participant in their recent Pension Report.  He has championed numerous civic campaigns and served as the Program Director, Secretary and Treasurer of the Workshop

Dominic Calabro, CEO, Florida TaxWatch
Florida TaxWatch is a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog and research institute that was founded in 1979 to improve government productivity, taxpayer value and citizen understanding, and encourage responsible participation by Floridians in their state and local governments. Florida TaxWatch’s government cost-saving recommendations have saved the state more than $6.2 billion

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Dec 27 2010. Filed under Broward County, Business, Fort Lauderdale, Latest news, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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