DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Records show that 95 state employees have volunteered to pay 20 percent of their health care insurance premiums, but none were state lawmakers.
The Des Moines Register reports it obtained the records this week. The proposal came from Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who earlier this month signed an executive order allowing state employees to voluntarily pay 20 percent of their own health care. Branstad has asked all statewide elected officials and department heads to do the same.
Iowa legislators and most state employees don't share the cost of the insurance premiums.
Branstad has said the initiative could save the state almost $111 million a year. State union leaders have said that not having to pay health care premiums is the employees' trade-off for the lower pay in government jobs.
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