From the Tri-City Herald:
“Legislation that would restructure the state education system’s fractured approach to health insurance pits teachers against virtually every other school employee.
Put us on the side of the janitors, bus drivers and secretaries, many of whom are desperate for better benefits.
Those essential workers — along with state taxpayers — stand to gain if Washington consolidates health insurance policies for school employees.
The bill’s primary sponsor, state Sen. Steve Hobbs, has collected a sampling of horror stories.
— A classroom assistant in Yelm who makes $900 a month and pays $750 a month in insurance premiums.