LANSING — Reps. Joel Johnson and Andrea LaFontaine have introduced a package of bills to save taxpayers money by reducing the expense of retirement benefits for former members of the state Legislature.
Among the measures in the package are: House Bill No. 4107, to eliminate the 4 percent cost of living increase that former lawmakers under the defined benefit plan receive annually, HB No. 4109, requiring active legislators who will benefit from health insurance coverage pay 5 percent of their salary into the Health Insurance Fund, and HB No. 4108, which requires that all retirees, including those who have already retired, to pay at least 20 percent of their health insurance premium.