POLL: Should State Employees Pay for Health Care Rate Hike?
Budget and Control Board votes for hike after legislature declined on opportunity.
Nearly one tenth of South Carolinians will see their health care costs go up by 4.6 percent.
The hike comes as a result of a move by the State Budget and Control Board that circumvented the wishes of the legislature. The Board, at the urging of Gov. Nikki Haley, voted 3-2 to increase the amount state employees will pay toward their health insurance. Dependents and retirees are also affected by the move. All told, over 400,000 residents will pay an extra $85 per year.
State employees responded to the decision, which went against the wishes of the legislature, with outrage and by threatening legal action.
The State has more on the story here.