Sep 5, 2011
The Michigan legislature recently passed a bill limiting how much counties, cities, school boards and other local public employers can pay for employee health benefits. If premium costs exceed $5,500 for individuals or $15,000 for a family, workers would be required to pay at least 20% of their premiums.
So why are state politicians concerned by what local governments pay? Because the state legislation is about to cut one of the taxes on business through which localities fund themselves.
So Snyder and the legislators are offering local governments a way to cover the money they lost in this latest corporate tax break – take it from public workers!