Public employers should offer employees a BASIC insurance allowance to be spent on the type and level of coverage each employee wants. Employees can contribute to insurance premiums over the basic limit. Those who don't want or need as much insurance can save money, and those who need more can buy more coverage. Taxpayers will be assured resources are allocated more fairly and efficiently. The Basic allowance should be aligned with private company averages.
Controlling benefits won't take care of the PERS drain on our public systems - for that we need to reduce the number of public employees on the payroll. Cutting staff and hiring more contractors for services should be done immediately. "If you find yourself in a hole, stop..."
Responsibility for out of control employee expenses come back to the public body we elect and put in charge. However...
- City Councils and School District Boards are indebted to public employee unions that helped get them elected.
- The school district and city administrators who negotiate contracts are incentivized to reward their subordinates.
- Unions have a lock on employees' membership and dues.
- Insurance companies are happy to pitch their most profitable products to public employers.
We need to give control of government back to the people.
- It's time public bodies hire 3rd party negotiators to work on the taxpayers' behalf to get the issue out of the political crony network.
- It is past time for Oregon to become a "Right to Work" state. Workers in all states should be free! All workers should have their right to work protected - especially a public employee!