Cuts for Thee but not for Me
Sure, it may be an easy mark, but just because they make it easy, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be noted:
During their marathon House budget-cutting debate last Friday, lawmakers talked again and again about the need to “share the burden” and “share the pain.”
But they decided to spare themselves from making any contribution to their own 100-percent state-paid health insurance.
For several days last week, House leaders talked among themselves about possibly proposing an amendment to the big midyear budget-cutting bill that cleared the House on Friday. It would have required all 38 senators and 75 House members who elect to take the benefit to do what some are already doing voluntarily — that is, pay 10 percent of the cost.
But they backed off in response to reported opposition from Senate Democrats during a rare — and unannounced — closed-door caucus at the State House Thursday night.
Way to “share the pain.” Oh, sure, they might “revisit” it next time around. And it’s true that some are forking over a voluntary 10% co-share. But then you have the others who take the $2,000 and change buyout (the ProJo names names). How noble…..Well, here’s an idea, how about not taking it at all? According to the ProJo, that’d save around $1.4 million.