Budget issues: Retirement and Health Care

Rising retirement and health care costs are often cited as one of the largest pressures on the school budget. Here are some questions from our 12 June meeting on that topic:

“School officials say that rapidly rising health care costs, for current employees and retirees, is one of the biggest outside pressures on school budgets. Several measures are pending before the legislature that would tackle this problem, in some cases by shifting costs to employees and retirees. How do you see this problem, and what measures would you recommend to fix it?”

“How is a teacher’s retirement cost different from other state employee’s, for both pensions and health costs? What is the impact at the state vs. local school district level?”

Let’s shed some light on the benefits issue, and talk about possible solutions.

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