TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida House Republicans are planning on keeping a perk for state officials that keeps their health insurance premiums low.
A House panel on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on a nearly $69.2 billion budget for 2012.
House Republicans plan to keep health insurance premiums for all state workers at their current rates even though the cost for the state is expected to go up by nearly $50 million.
Most rank-and-file state workers pay $50 a month for individual coverage and $180 a month for family coverage.
However, about 32,000 employees and state officials - including the governor and many legislators - pay $8.34 a month for individual coverage or $30 a month for family coverage.
Scott in his budget proposal recommended making all state workers pay the same amount.