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Thu September 22, 2011
Domestic partner benefit claims in Michigan less than some estimates
Fewer than 100 unmarried state employees are expected to sign-up for health care benefits for their domestic partners by the end of this month.
That would mean less than $600,000 would be spent on live-in partner benefits paid for by the state.
The preliminary estimates are well below what some Republican lawmakers said taxpayers would end up paying for the benefits.
Republican state Representative Dave Agema (R-Ottawa Co.) sponsored a measure to end domestic partner benefits for public employees in the future.
"Numbers aside, it really doesn’t make any difference because what we have now, if it doesn’t stop, it will only grow in the future," said Agema. "We haven’t included the colleges and the local governments and so-forth, so it would only be increased to millions and millions of dollars in the future."
Agema’s proposal could not reverse the decision by the state Civil Service Commission to allow for public employee domestic partner benefits.