Monday, March 5, 2012

Governor Quinn’s Proposal Will Somersault TRIP

Sure, let’s take away $87 million from the retired teachers of Illinois, and then let’s give that money away perhaps to more corporations as a gift from the governor.  a retired teacher pays a total of $170 to $650 a month for health insurance, depending on the type of coverage the retiree selects and whether he or she qualifies for Medicare, said Jim Bachman, executive director of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.Sure, let’s increase those premiums for teachers.  Better yet, let’s place the burden on the school districts in Illinois and their local taxpayers, no matter how badly funded the school districts already are.  
 
a retired teacher pays a total of $170 to $650 a month for health insurance, depending on the type of coverage the retiree selects and whether he or she qualifies for Medicare, said Jim Bachman, executive director of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.a retired teacher pays a total of $170 to $650 a month for health insurance, depending on the type of coverage the retiree selects and whether he or she qualifies for Medicare, said Jim Bachman, executive director of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.As stated by Jim Bachman, executive director of the Illinois Retired Teachers’ Association, “a retired teacher pays a total of $170 to $650 a month for health insurance, depending on the type of coverage the retiree selects and whether he or she qualifies for Medicare” (Doug Finke, The State Journal Register 25 February 2012). 
“Active members pay 0.88 percent of their salary; the state matches the active teacher’s contributions ($87 million for FY12); school districts contribute 0.66 percent of their payroll, and (65,000) retirees (who depend on this insurance program) pay their health insurance premiums” (Illinois Education Association, IEA).
According to Bob Haisman, a past president of IEA, for his 2013 budget, Governor Quinn has proposed to "zero out" the state's contribution to the Teachers' Retired Insurance Program (TRIP).  Without warning, Governor Quinn has unilaterally proposed to slash state support. Governor Quinn is breaking the state's promise to the men and women who spent their lives teaching the children of Illinois.  Tell Governor Quinn this is not the way to support our teachers, who have supported him.
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