Golden: Thunder in the middle

Jun 10 2012

By Peter Golden, The MetroWest Daily News

Two weeks ago, the independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a trusted watchdog of state finances, reported 102 (of the roughly 350 in the state) municipalities had negotiated health insurance agreements with their employees that will save upwards of $100 million in the first year alone. Along similar lines, 141 municipalities and school districts had implemented changes in the collective bargaining process that will lead to even greater savings. Translation: Public employees will be absorbing more of their health care costs.

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