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For Immediate Release:
February 03, 2014
Media Contact:
Bianca Caviglia

Statement from Commissioner Zapata regarding the 5% employee contribution

MIAMI, FL - “Today I voted with the majority of my colleagues on the Commission to override the Mayor's veto on the 5% employee contribution to healthcare. The reason for my vote was not because I agree with the unions, but rather due to the administration’s failure to offer any sustainable solutions. This was not a decision I took lightly, however, I believe it will bring about the needed structural changes to our budget. I am well aware of the potential consequences and layoffs, but the reality is that we have an unsustainable budget,” said Commissioner Zapata.

“The only solution the administration offered was the 5% employee contribution, which is not a viable permanent option. Nevertheless, some employees have already had their contributions restored and with Jackson Hospital's recent decision, I felt that the damage to our workforce and their morale needed to be addressed. I urge the Mayor and his administration to remain positive and constructive in taking the necessary steps to move forward by streamlining existing services and reducing wasteful spending in order to resolve our budgetary needs,” added Commissioner Juan C. Zapata.   

For more information, please contact District 11’s office at 305-375-5511.