AFSCME, Jax Young Republicans back pension tax referendum

Lenny Curry Oktoberfest

In the words of Billy Bragg, “there is power in a union.” And that power will be on display Thursday morning, as AFSCME Florida will hold a presser with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry in Hemming Park.

The AFSCME press conference, in support of County Referendum 1, will offer an interesting convergence: a public sector union supporting an initiative by a Republican chief executive in what is, outside the public sector, largely a “right to work” state.

Politics make strange bedfellows.

And so do tax referendums.

Also announcing support of the tax referendum on Wednesday: the Jacksonville Young Republicans.

JYR president Kyle Bedran called the pension-reform package “crucial” and a “great step in improving Jacksonville’s future.”

Without it, Bedran says, the city is on the “brink of financial demise.”

The bipartisan marketing of the pension tax referendum continues apace; later in the week, look for television ads featuring former Democratic mayor Tommy Hazouri supporting the measure.


A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Robert

    August 10, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Republicans and Democrats alike told us in 2008 if we did not bailout th ebanks and the auto industry we would be faced with disastrous circumstances. What is really all that different 8 years later. How will this plan fix the pension problem when nothing will be done for 13 more years. By then, the current deficit will be far far more than 2.7 billion dollars. Curry is corrupt and the Yr’s are stupid toadies doing the bidding of those that control them.

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