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Do you call your Legislator and then not know what to say? A few tips in this document can help you make effective phone calls that make your point clear, and make an impact.
Thanks to You, the Bill to Dismantle the Florida Pension Fund was defeated. This Year.
According to reputable sources it will be back next year. So FREA is not relaxing and please stay tuned as we gear up to educate our Florida Legislators on why ...If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Talking points for calling your Legislator.
Modify to suit you or use as is. Try using the phrase ‘Did you know…?’ and then use a statistic from AARP in Florida Pension info sheets you can find here.
Sample opening line for calling your Legislator.
It is a mistake for policymakers to switch new hire education employees from defined benefit pension plans to 401(k) type programs.
Did you know that the spending from pension benefits in Florida pays $5.9 Billion in wages to Florida workers through restaurants, retail, and services?
Did you know the average pension benefit is $1,894 per month? This allows retired state employees to have a modest and independent life in retirement.
Did you know that pensions are a good deal for taxpayers? Investment income pays most of the pension: $71.3%; Employers pay $25.2%; and Employees pay 3%.
FREA Members Continue to Give Back and Enhance the World Around Them!
The History of the Florida Retired Educators Day Proclamation
In 1979, FREA Member Fay M. Milton of MacClenny, FL began a two year quest to create Florida Retired Teachers Day.
The recognition for the day was first requested in 1979 and a proclamation was issued for the 3rd Sunday in October by then Governor Bob Graham.
In 1980 the proclamation was again requested and again Governor Graham proclaimed the 3rd Sunday in October as Florida Retired Teachers Day.
On June 1, 1981 the proposal was passed as a law that the 3rd Sunday in November would be recognized as Florida Retired Teachers’ Day. It was signed by Governor Graham. This particular date was chosen because it is the Sunday preceding National Education Week, which starts the third Monday of November.