From the St. Pete Times. Isn’t it interesting that over 26,000 state employees have their health care premiums completely paid by the taxpayers? And here I thought Republicans were all about running government like a business? How many private companies pay such a high percentage of their employees healthcare premiums?
As mass layoffs claim Floridians’ jobs and health care, state lawmakers aren’t planning to cut their free health insurance premiums or the salaries of more than 1,100 state workers who earn more than $100,000 a year.
Gov. Charlie Crist’s budget plan proposes to increase by $13.1 million the amount taxpayers pay to subsidize state worker insurance. About 26,111 top-level employees — including those in Crist’s office, the entire Legislature and its staff — have their premiums completely paid by taxpayers.
Crist’s budget doesn’t increase state worker salaries. But he doesn’t cut wages either, unlike many private employers facing the economic downturn.
About 1,190 full-time state employees will keep earning a salary of more than $100,000, according to data from the Department of Management Services. The figures don’t include the Legislature, universities or community colleges, which all report their salaries through different data systems.
The Department of Administrative Hearings, which hears challenges to state agency actions, has the highest proportion of top-paid employees, with 17 percent earning about $100,000 or more.
Crist’s office and the Department of Citrus tied for second, with 11 percent of employees earning more than $100,000.