Walker removes most abortion coverage for Wisconsin public workers

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A bill signed by Gov. Walker Tuesday prohibits government-provided health insurance plans from paying for abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to preserve the life of the mother. The restriction would apply to state workers and thousands of local government employees. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

State Senate poised to pass abortion limits for public workers

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Abortions for public workers would not be covered by insurance in most cases under a bill the state Senate plans to pass this week as it nears the end of its session. The ban would apply to state workers and thousands of local government employees covered by the state health insurance board. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Increasing numbers of state workers leaving for other jobs

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Workers left state government last year in numbers not seen in more than at least a decade, taking advantage of a tight labor market and the promise of better-paying jobs in the private sector. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Walker: My self-insurance plan would avert 10% premium hike, and saves 71% more money than I first said

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Refusing to self-insure state employees would trigger a 10 percent increase in health care premiums for 2018, while adopting it would save the state $103 million instead of the $60 million originally touted, according to revised estimates released by Walker Friday. The budget committee has rejected the plan, and critics questions the legitimacy of the new figures. > Wisconsin State Journal

Bill aims to make Veterans Day a state holiday, replacing floating holiday

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Wisconsin is the only state not to close its offices and agencies for Veterans Day. Instead of having that day off, state employees currently get a floating holiday. But bills introduced in both houses last week would replace the floating holiday with a fixed paid day off on Nov. 11. > Wisconsin State Journal

Top Walker aide in ‘disbelief’ over rejection of self-insurance plan

Gov. Walker’s top aide fired back at GOP leaders of the budget committee after they signaled they’ll reject the governor’s proposal to self-insure state workers. “I’m in disbelief that, when you have the opportunity for $60 million in savings, that that would not be looked at more closely,” said DOA Secretary Scott Neitzel.  >  The Cap Times