Amendments to SB 1130 FRS Reform

The biggest change as we see it would indicate the amended version will allow for up to 500 hours of overtime to be used in the computation of the Average Final Compensation

Today the Florida Senate returned a “Strike-All” Amendment to Senate Bill 1130 which is meant to reform the Florida Retirement System.  The purpose of the “Strike-All” was to amend the language and stipulations of the original bill, filed by Senator Jeremy Ring.  There were also 5 additional amendments proposed changing other aspects of the proposal.

  • The biggest change, as we read it, would indicate the amended version will allow for up to 500 hours of accumulated leave payments to be used in the computation of the Average Final Compensation.  (lines 208-248, and 274-308).  And further appears that for service prior to July 1, 2011 overtime is included.

This seems to be a significant compromise to the original proposal, but excludes overtime after July 1.  It does not mitigate the fact that overtime is time worked for compensation earned, and therefore, as compensation, should be used for the AFC calculation. Continue reading “Amendments to SB 1130 FRS Reform”

Debunking the Myth of the Overpaid Public Employee

The data indicates that public employees, both state and local, are NOT overpaid!

This article is a must read.  It is a well presented, and thoroughly researched paper comparing the compensation and education of public vs. private employees by the noted think tank, the Economic Policy Institute.

Please follow this link;   Debunking the Myth…

Think Twice?

The sales piece presents the information on the basis that you could be making a “costly mistake” and giving up “valuable benefits available to you only in the Investment Plan”. Which benefit can FRS offer that no one else can? Let’s review the claims one by one.

We have received several calls over the last week or so in regard to a new “alert” that appears on the MyFRS.com website, under the “alerts and hot topics” banner.  The piece is titled “THINK TWICE BEFORE ROLLING OUT OF THE INVESTMENT PLAN”. Some of the calls were questioning a few of the points made in the “alert”, and several were more interested in why FRS would post such an “alert” in the first place.

Let’s start with the last question first.  Why?  Why would the Florida Retirement System post such a letter on their Pension website?  We can only imagine it is a sales piece produced by the administrators of the Investment Plan for the purpose of “selling” participants on the idea of maintaining their Investment Plan with FRS as opposed to participants rolling their lump sum out of FRS and into a “rollover IRA” with an independent investment firm.   It is likely the administrators of the assets are paid based on the total sum of the assets they administer, so keeping more money in FRS is beneficial for them.   While it is understandable, it does bring up a few other questions that are interesting.

The sales piece presents the information on the basis that you could be making a “costly mistake” and giving up “valuable benefits available to you only in the FRS Investment Plan”.  This point was the impetus of many of our calls.  Which benefit can FRS offer that no one else can?  Let’s review the claims one by one.

Continue reading “Think Twice?”