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Tue March 29, 2011
State Senator Rick Jones: If teachers sacrifice, everyone should
Republican state senator Rick Jones says many schools may soon demand that teachers pay at least 20-percent of their health insurance premiums.
Jones has introduced a bill that would keep a school’s per-pupil funding intact, if teachers agree to the cuts.
But he says teachers shouldn't be the only one making the sacrifice.
"I learned that senators and representatives pay anywhere from 5% to 7.6%, and I thought, how is that fair that we’re paying that and teachers are being asked to pay 20%?"
Jones says his new bill would require state legislators to pay 20% of their health insurance premiums.
He has also introduced a bill to alter the lifetime health insurance that legislators receive after serving only six years, calling it “obscene.”
The bill would phase in the benefit, beginning at ten years of service.