Senator Barbara Goodwin (DFL-Fridley) says the Republican proposed cut of 15% to the state’s agencies is on top of a recent 11% cut. Senator Goodwin says those cuts, combined with putting all state government workers in a high deductible health care plan amounts to a pay cut for hard working state employees of about $12,000 to $14,000. A union state employee makes an average of $38,000 a year. For them that’s huge.
If you have a child with diabetes, you’re going to be paying huge deductibles before the insurance kicks in. She says some private firms have gone to this type of insurance, but that really leaves the employees with next to nothing for health care.
“If you’re healthy and 21, you’ll do just fine under this plan. You might even be able to save some money. If you have a family or are a single person that has blood pressure problems or diabetes or cancer or anything like that you are very possibly going to go bankrupt.”
She notes MInnesota is very efficient. There are 40 more states that have a higher number of state workers per capita than Minnesota.