Sen. Jones bill to require legislators to pay 20 percent of health insurance cost

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

LANSING — State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said Wednesday that he has introduced Senate Bill 304, which would require all senators and state representatives to pay 20 percent of their health insurance cost.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget director has stated that all schools should require teachers to pay 20 percent of their health insurance cost to help with budget problems. Jones checked and found that legislators pay between 5 to 7.6 percent, depending on the plan they choose.

“Before we require teachers to pay 20 percent, senators and representatives should set an example,” Jones said. “My bill will require that to happen.”

In the governor’s budget proposal huge cuts to per-pupil foundation grants were recommended. Jones, however, feels that is unfair. Teachers at some schools already pay 20 percent or more of their health insurance cost.

Jones has also introduced Senate Bill 305, which would guarantee that schools requiring teachers to pay 20 percent or more of their health insurance cost would not receive a funding cut.

“It is obvious to me that the governor has a goal of educators paying 20 percent of their health insurance cost,” Jones said. “We must not just use a ‘stick approach’ by cutting funding. We must reward the schools that make the right decisions.”
 


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