K 12 insurance – little disagreement but harmful to classified employees

Unfortunately for classified employees, there is very little disagreement over how much the state will provide school districts for classified employee insurance benefits.  Sadly, both the House and Senate provide no increase for insurance funding while Governor Inslee gets credit for the high water mark by coming up with an 8.8% increase (enough to cover one year of premium inflation).  Unless the House and Senate come to an agreement to increase this funding, classified employees will only have received a 1.6% increase over the 10 year period from 2010 – 2019.  Sad…

I have testified that unless the State fully funds premium inflation soon, the only classified employees who will be able to afford insurance are our supervisors.

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