Thursday, April 14
House Budget Targets Rising Health Care Costs, Public Workers Plans
One of the most controversial pieces of the $30.4 billion proposed state budget from the Massachusetts House is a provision that would give cities and towns the authority to raise co-payments and deductibles for their workers – without any input from unions. Critics and union officials call it “Wisconsin-esque,” referring – of course – to Wis. Gov. Scott Walker’s headline grabbing move this year to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public employees. In recent years, the Boston Foundation has identified the rising cost of health insurance as a serious drain on state and local coffers. And last week, with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the group released a report entitled, “Municipal Health Plans: Gilded Benefits from a Bygone Era.” We’re joined by Paul Grogan, president and CEO of The Boston Foundation.