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State workers should pay $2,400 a year in health premiums, Republicans say

posted Feb 8, 2012, 8:42 PM by Unknown user
| Des Moines Register Blog | February 2, 2012 |

Iowa’s state employees would pay $2,400 a year in health care premiums under a budget proposal released today by House and Senate Republicans.

The proposal, however, has little chance of being enacted for the upcoming fiscal year because of legal limitations between the state and union employees, Republicans conceded.

Union leader Danny Homan of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, called the proposal “total political partisanship.”

“The Republicans again want to make the employees who do the day-to-day work of this state, that have sacrificed more times than I care to count with delaying pay increasing, not taking pay increases, taking five unpaid days – all those things we’ve done in the past three years – and then ask them to again pay more to me is just very unfortunate.”