Governor Won't Commit to Health Benefits Overhaul.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she has reservations about an overhaul of public employee health benefits proposed by the top Democrat in the Michigan Legislature.

Granholm told reporters Monday it would be tough to address the proposal as part of budget negotiations that must be wrapped up in 2 1/2 months.

She questions the timing and whether House Speaker Andy Dillon's plan would save as much money as he says.

The Democratic governor says state employees don't get "gold-plated" health benefits and pay a similar amount for their insurance as private-sector employees.

Granholm says school districts and local governments are negotiating concessions, too. She didn't indicate if she thought benefits for teachers or local public workers are too expensive.

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  • by anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 at 05:25 AM
    If this is such a great idea then the legislature and judiciary are public employees and must be included in the same bill not a separate one that will never get passed. As usual it's do as I say, not as I do.
  • by Sharon Location: Lansing on Jul 20, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    It's time for Granholm to stand up for once and fight for government employees who have given time and time again through the decades. Public service employees have families and obligations just like other tax payers. Attorney Cox and Speaker Dillon are self-serving by supporting the current health benefits proposals. The present health benefits are good much like other health insurances but it doesn't compare to the health benefits of the legislature and other high ranking positions. As usually it's politics.
  • by Elaine Location: Eaton Rapids on Jul 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    I'll bet the governor is all in favor of Obama's Health care proposal though.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    Granholm is riding the fence on this like everything else she endorses. She wants to be a cheerleader until it is popular. At that time, she makes the idea appears to be hers.
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