Sunday, January 24, 2010

Budget On the Way

On Thursday, January 28th the Governor will present his budget, his plan for covering an estimated deficit of $300 million. It is often said that the "devil is in the details". In this case let us hope the angel is in the details. After learning from the State of the State address last week that the Governor wants reduced health benefits for new hires, we await the details. Is it possible that the two tiered plan would be a temporary situation, with benefits equalizing for everyone after the economic crisis? Would there be a possibility for new hires to buy into full benefits after a given time? Will new hires be made whole after they have been employed for a length of time?

We keep our fingers crossed and hope that the collaboration which accompanied Race To The Top will carry over into budget discussions.

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