Senator Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, made the following statement after today’s Senate vote on public employee health care benefits: “These reforms are an important step in putting Michigan back on track. Senate Bill 7 and Senate Joint Resolution C will require all public employees to pay at least 20 percent of their taxpayer funded health care costs. The legislative package applies to all state, county, city, village, township, school district, charter school, intermediate school district, community college or university employees and state lawmakers as well. Private sector employees have had to pay an increasing share of the cost of their health care benefits and the public sector should reflect this trend. Having all of us in the public sector contribute more for our health care will make our health care system more affordable, more accountable and better reflect the needs of each individual. These reforms provide the state, our colleges and universities, municipal governments and our local school districts the tools to address the rising costs of health care benefits in these tough economic times.”
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