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More response to council president’s letters

October 31, 2011
Salem News

To the editor: Salem City Council President Mickey Weaver's series of letters to the editor on the fringe benefits package of Salem's city bargaining units have done more to validate my call for change at Salem City Hall than maybe she intended. Regarding the city's employee health care premiums, for instance, Ms. Weaver acknowledges that the national average of private sector employee contributions to premium is 31 percent, with a $2,000 deductible. Yet she admits that Salem's new health care plan will rise to only 11 percent of premium with a net employee deductible of $200. Is this what she calls "comparable" to the private sector?



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