Rep. Loranne Ausley said it is among the most difficult decisions she faced in a nine-year legislative career.
“I never thought I would be in this position, (torn) to vote up or down on a pay raise,” the Tallahassee legislator told her colleagues during floor debate on a benefits package for state employees.
“Insulting,” declared Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, about the $1,400 increase for most state workers tied to changes in their health insurance and pension plans.
Ausley and Alexander voted against a pay raise for more than 22,000 of their Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla neighbors. They argued the proposal for a 3.5 percent pay raise carried far too many long-term risks to the state insurance plan and would undermine the Florida Retirement System’s solvency.