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State workers to pay more in August

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state workers will start paying more for their health care and pension benefits in late August.

Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said Wednesday that is the soonest the law calling for the higher contributions can be implemented.

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a lower court judge was wrong to block enactment of the law that passed in March.

Secretary of State Doug La Follette said he plans to publish the law on June 28, which means it will take effect June 29.

The state Department of Justice continues to maintain the law actually took effect in March when another state agency published it on its website. Huebsch said that dispute won’t affect the beginning of the state worker concessions, which won’t be applied retroactively.

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  1. It’s a good first step to have the public workers finally pay for a portion of their health benefits as is the case with 80% of general work force in private industry. I have heard howling from the State workers on how unjust a 12-15% personal contribution would be for them to help offset a portion of their Cadillac HMO heath plan cost. Meanwhile, the “serfs” (i.e. general work force and business owners in the private sector) are typically paying 25-50%+ of their health benefit cost out-of-pocket for basic catastrophic coverage with no perks.

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