Thursday, November 30, 2006

Cost Containment Bills

As I've posted about in the past, our Legislators can have a significant impact on local school cost structures with well crafted legislation (that in itself can be a significant task). There are several bills under consideration that can help us next year, and in the years to come – Senate Bills 895, 896, 897, 898 and House Bill 4947 are the bills that target health care costs and pension costs directly. These bills would give vital health insurance information to school districts and employees, make it easier to create self-insured pools, and amend the retirement system for future employees to save districts money and employees jobs (the state of Michigan did this for its employees in 1997). Different versions of these bills have been floating around for years with no action taken; now is the time to act if we hope to contain costs in an environment where there is little hope for increased funding. ACT NOW, contact your legislators and urge them to vote in support of these bills. Schools cannot afford to "ride out the storm," it's been storming for years and we must act or it only gets worse.

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