Michigan Measure May Shift Health Costs To Workers

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Republicans who control the Michigan Senate are continuing their push to require public employees in the state to pay at least 20 percent of their health insurance premiums.

The Senate approved measures aimed at adopting the requirement Wednesday by 25-13 and 26-12 votes, mostly along party lines. The measures advance to the Republican-led House.

If this passes the House, WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick said public school teachers will be among those to take a hit.

“This is, again, part of the governor’s reinvention strategy which Senate Republicans are embracing whole-heartedly,” he said.

“It basically says that teachers have to contribute 20 percent of their health care costs, with the district picking up 80 percent,” Skubick said.

Republicans say the measures are designed to control government costs in an era of stressed government budgets at the state and local levels.

Democrats and labor leaders say health care costs should be handled during contract negotiations between public employee unions and employers, not through state law.

The legislation would affect employees with the state, local governments, public school districts, public universities and other public employers.

The measures are Senate Bill 7 and SJR C

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • TaterSalad

    The shift to the worker is a YES! Everyone else has taken “hair-cuts” so why sohouldn’t Public Union workers? Unless……..greed plays the card I would bet!

  • LesterM

    Sounds reasonable. I’m in the private sector and I pay more than that. Why should my tax dollars go to subsidize full health benefits? The fact that they think they are better than EVERYONE else in the world is what really bothers me. Why are they better than the private sector? I say “ABOUT TIME!!”

  • Truthseeker

    As long as the cuts are universal, then it is fair. Are the same lawmakers who get paid through our tax dollars taking the same cut? If so, then do it; if not, then why are the teachers being picked on?

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