A group of Miami Police officers came to the City of Miami Commission meeting on February 27 to complain about pay cuts. The wore shirts saying, "Restore Our Benefits" and the complained about lack of pay increases and that fact that they are being asked to contribute more money toward their health insurance and pensions. They complained about a lowering of the morale on the police force.
This is likely to be a growing problem among police forces and city governments. Police are complaining about less money in their paychecks and higher contributions to their insurance and pension plans. There is pending legislation that would put all new state workers into 401(k) plans. This legislation would allow police officer and fire fighters to remain in the Florida State Retirement System. But there is a growing sense that even police officers, who are involved in more dangerous work should contribute more to their benefit plans.
The police unions are traditionally very powerful and usually enjoy the support of citizens and commissions. But with tighter budgets and less money available in government coffers, even the police might see less money and fewer benefits.