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PENSIONS & INVESTMENTS: Florida Retirement System posts preliminary 17.4% return

By Timothy Pollard - Florida Retirement System returned a preliminary 17.4% for the fiscal year ended June 30, surpassing its benchmark by 38 basis points, the Florida State Board of Administration, Tallahassee, announced Tuesday. The board said audited financial figures will be released later in the year. Read more
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Tampa Bay Business Journal: Florida pension fund says no to executive pay at Bloomin', TECO, Roper

By Margie Mannin - Amid the record number of proxy votes cast by the State Board of Administration of Florida at corporate shareholder meetings this year, three votes stand out. The SBA, which manages the assets of the Florida Retirement System and other funds, said no on advisory votes on executive... Read more
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WFSU: Groups Form Coalition, Want Local Pension Reform Revisited In 2015

By SASCHA CORDNER - A coalition of business and policy groups want lawmakers to pass a fix to a troubled local pension system in 2015, after he issue died during the 2014 session when it got tied to a controversial overhaul of the Florida Retirement System. The municipal pension reform mainly affects... Read more
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Pension reform bill dies in Senate

The Miami Herald - by Michael Van Sickler - TALLAHASSEE - For the second year in a row, one of House Speaker Will Weatherford’s top priorities, an overhaul of the state’s pension system, failed on the Senate floor. Last year, the plan to steer more state employees toward private pension funds... Read more
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Sen. Evers: This year's FRS overhaul will not make the cut

The Florida Current by Arek Sarkissian -  Sen. Greg Evers predicted that a plan to overhaul the mammoth Florida Retirement System would pass the same day it snows in Miami. Flanked by members of the Florida Fraternal Order of Police, Evers, R-Crestview, said the only way changes could be made to FRS was with... Read more
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Update: Gaetz, Weatherford talk FRS overhaul in session remarks

By Florida Capital Bureau Update: 2:55 p.m.Legislative presiding officers started the 2014 session Tuesday with a strong plea to overhaul the Florida Retirement System, saying the state could free $500 million for education, environmental protection and other pressing needs if they can "disarm this ticking time bomb" in the pension...
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Weatherford's pension overhaul faces steep climb in Senate, despite Gaetz support

From the News Service of Florida: Hopes seemed to evaporate Tuesday that exempting law-enforcement officials and emergency personnel would make changes to the state retirement system an easier sell this year, as a key senator signaled he had deep reservations about the measure. The Senate Community Affairs Committee voted to...
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Lawmakers eye changes to Florida Retirement System

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Retirement System is far from broke — actuaries consider it quite healthy — but Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders are determined to fix what they see as its potential financial pitfalls. The debate will play out against a backdrop of election-year politics...
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Gaetz says pension changes may be in trouble

The Florida Current by Bill Cotterell - An overhaul of the Florida Retirement System is in for a close vote in the 2014 legislative session, Senate President Don Gaetz said Thursday. The Senate Community Affairs Committeevoted 5-4 on Tuesday for a bill by its chairman,Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, that would set up a “cash-balance” pension plan in the... Read more
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Gaetz and Weatherford vow to push pension overall again

By John Kennedy The Legislature’s top Republican leaders said Wednesday they are committed to making sweeping changes to the state’s pension plan — but are proposing a more nuanced approach than tried earlier. The move comes even as Gov. Rick Scott, in his $74.2 billion budget proposal, did not renew...
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