If you follow us on Facebook, you might have seen our post about the first big fight on behalf of state employees in the 2015 legislative session.
On Wednesday, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) held a hearing on Common Policies and Figuresetting, where they considered a proposed $12.8 million health insurance premium increase for state workers.
The JBC voted unanimously to support state employees. The bipartisan committee voted to reduce the proposed health insurance premium hike by nearly 66%, saving state workers $8.4 million in FY 2015/2016. The budget won’t be finalized until late March after we receive the first quarter revenue forecast so we’ll continue to monitor the budget process and fight to hold this reduction.
This vote by the JBC shows that state workers have an effective voice in the legislature, no matter who controls the chambers.
We managed to get back over $8 million that was going to come straight out of state employee pockets.
The 2014 elections results were a potentially mixed bag for state workers and the truth is that elections have consequences. Still, we managed to get things done with support from both sides of the aisle, which means more in this legislative session than ever before.
Keep in mind that this vote is just one step in the budget process. We may have to utilize our Political Action Volunteers in the near future, so stay tuned for any forthcoming budget updates.