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Baker's Proposed FY '17 budget

Governor Baker released his proposed FY ‘17 budget yesterday afternoon. 

Our state members who rely on the GIC for healthcare coverage should know that the governor is attempting once again to increase GIC health insurance contribution rates for workers who were hired prior to July 1, 2003.  If you were hired before this date you are currently paying 20 percent of total premium costs.  If you were hired after that date you are paying 25 percent of premium costs.  

Under the governor’s proposal, all workers would be required to pay 25 percent of premium costs. Therefore, only workers hired prior to July 1, 2003 would be impacted by the governor’s proposal. 

We are still in the process of reviewing and analyzing the document. However, knowing that GIC contribution rates are always a concern, we wanted to get this information out as soon as possible and assure our members that we will be fighting the governor’s proposal as the FY ‘17 budget process moves forward.  

It is important to stress that Governor Baker’s proposal is just that – a proposal.  It must be approved by both branches of the legislature. The legislature could completely reject the proposal or approve a variation of it.   

The House of Representatives will complete their proposed FY ‘17 budget in April.

The Senate will follow with their FY ‘17 budget proposal in May. 

Both branches will then work together via a six-member conference committee to iron out differences between the two branches’ budgets and present one unified budget to the governor sometime in June. 

At that point, the governor cannot add anything to the budget. He can only subtract money and language through a veto.   The legislature can override any veto but they must have the support of two thirds of the 160 House members and two thirds of the 40 senate members to do so.  

We will keep you posted as the process unfolds.