Here’s a significant story as you can tell from the above headline that you probably won’t read about in your daily WI newspaper.
Ola Lisowski of the MacIver Institute this week committed as my friend Charlie Sykes used to say, “a flagrant act of journalism.”
Since (Act 10), Wisconsin school districts have saved more than $3.2 billion in benefits costs.
Districts found savings by opening up bidding to new insurers for the first time in years, while others increased required employee contributions towards insurance plans. Overall, since 2011, districts have largely moved to more taxpayer-friendly health plans – freeing up more money for the classroom.
On the other hand, employees at more than 100 districts – approximately one-quarter of Wisconsin’s 422 public school districts – paid less than 12 percent towards their monthly health insurance premiums in the 2017-18 school year. Still, that’s a far cry from 2010-11, when 43 percent of all districts paid the the entirety of their employee premiums on single plans every month.