Jul 11, 2016

Governor Vetos Health Insurance Contribution, Contact Your State Reps!

Governor Baker finalized the budget this past Friday, July 8, 2016, and with it were 303 vetoed line items, including a veto to administratively allow the Governor to increase state employee health insurance contribution to 25% for all state employees.  State employees hired prior to September 2003 currently pay 20%. 

Governor Baker, much like his predecessor Governor Patrick, has sought to reign in health care costs by shifting the cost to employees.  Leaders at SEIU/NAGE are advocating for the legislature to override this veto, and restore the current status quo for state employee’s health insurance costs.

Please see the letter from President Holway, urging the legislature to override the Governor's veto.

SEIU/NAGE members, please call your State Representative and State Senator to urge them to vote to override the Governor’s veto of the group insurance commission line item 1108-5200.
    If you know your State Representative and State Senator, you can contact them via the State House switchboard at 617-722-2000.
    If you do not know your State Representative or State Senator, please go to http://wheredoivotema.com, and find out who to contact.  

Please click HERE to see the letter from NAGE President David J. Holway, MA AFL-CIO President Steven Tollman and other state employee union's delivered to the legislative leadership reguarding the veto's on the health insurance contribution.  

For more information on tge budget, please see the following article...
State House News Article "State Spending Growth Slows to 1.3 Percent In 'Rightsizing Budget'" 

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