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AIM 2011-2012 Scorecard Finds Miceli the Legislator Least Supportive of Employers!

AIM scores Rep. Miceli as the Legislator least supportive of Employers, uniquely out of synch with his colleagues, not "doing a good job" for employers. It's time to get on board!

ASSOCIATED INDUSTRIES OF MASSACHUSETTS (AIM)

2011-2012 SCORECARD -- "50 MICELI" LOWEST AMONG LEGISLATORS  

             AIM’s Legislative Scorecard is the most widely read report on the voting of Massachusetts Legislators on issues important to employers. AIM releases the Legislative Scorecard at the end of each two-year session to ensure that its members know legislators’ records on key economic and public-policy issues, and to recognize lawmakers who understand the importance of a vibrant economy for all residents. In compiling the lowest rating of any representative or senator, my opponent voted against employers in three bills that were important to AIM:

See:    www.aimnet.org/

  • Municipal Health Reform (H.3400). The House approved an amendment to its Fiscal Year 2012 budget giving cities and towns the authority to set health-insurance co-pays and deductibles outside of collective bargaining. Cities and towns continue to negotiate over the percentage of premiums paid by employees. Savings have exceeded $100 million.  The measure was passed by the House and Senate and was signed into law by the Governor. I would have voted “Yes.”

 

  • Home Child-Care Workers Unionization (H. 3986).  Classifies as a “public” or “state” employee every private-sector family child-care provider receiving public funds to provide service to low-income or at-risk children. These new “public employees” will be subject to a “card check” system and be “represented” by a single labor union. The bill passed both House and Senate and was signed into law by the Governor. I would have voted “No.”

 

  • Health Care Cost Containment (S. 2400). Attempts to address the health-cost crisis by limiting the increase in medical spending in Massachusetts to the level of overall economic growth from 2013 to 2017. The spending growth targets drops to 0.5 percentage points below gross state product from 2018-2022 before returning to the economic benchmark in 2023 and beyond. The law changes the way doctors and hospitals are paid, expands discounts for tiered products, provides a wellness tax credit to employers, initiates targeted medical malpractice reform, and changes the fair share assessment standard.  The measure was passed by the House and Senate and was signed into law by the Governor. I would have voted “Yes.”

 

  • Fair-Share Assessment Reform (H.4127). An amendment to the health-care cost containment bill requires that, in calculating the fair-share assessment, employees who have qualifying health insurance converge from a spouse, parent, veterans’ plan, Medicare, Medicaid or a disability or retirement plan, are not included for purposes of determining whether an employer is a contributing employer.   The measure was passed by the House and Senate and was signed into law by the Governor. I would have voted “Yes.” My opponent did not vote.

 

EMPLOYERS: IT'S TIME TO RETURN MASSACHUSETTS TO WORK!

ON SEPTEMBER 6TH, BY SELECTING A REPUBLICAN BALLOT, INDEPENDENTS AND REPUBLICANS CAN SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR A NEW REPRESENTATIVE WHO WILL FIGHT FOR THE EMPLOYERS OF WILMINGTON AND TEWKSBURY!

VOTE for DOUGLAS W. SEARS as your Representative! www.Doug4Rep.com

 

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Bob September 16, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Jim, when our employees have a better deal then us their employer, the balance is askew. The issue we have today is the public unions are negotiating with the people they helped get elected and will help re-elect. We the employers really have no representation at the table. We get handed the bill and have to pay it. We need elected officials that are more concerned with the business of the country, state and town than the next election. To force people who have no desire to be in a union and pay dues to join a union is un-American and against all that this country stands for. I have never had collective bargaining in my almost 30 year career and I have done fine. Where I am hurting is when the next tax, water, sewer or other tax bill comes in. We are at a break point and less government and less government spending is the only thing that will give relief. Public unions are a huge cause of that and must be reigned in. Look at the pigs at the trough in Chicago who turned down and are striking over a 16% raise over 4 years! Who today in the dreaded private sector is getting 4% raises a year? Yet the citizens of Chicago will have to pay that increase.
JIM September 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Bob, the public employees in massachusetts negotiated our contracts fairly and in good faith giving up pay raises for some years in order to get the good health insurance rates that were nullified by the state legislature. So You have never had collective bargaining in Your almost 30 year career and You have done fine well You are one of the few. Yeah we Public Employees are the pigs at the trough until You or Your family are robbed or attacked or Your house catches fire then we are the heros..... for a day.
Douglas Sears September 16, 2012 at 08:08 PM
JIM: Plan Design lets municipalities modernize their employee health plans outside of collective bargaining that are the same as or better than what state employees receive. Communities also can join the state GIC outside of collective bargaining if they demonstrate that joining GIC provides greater financial relief than making their own plan design changes.10% of costs avoided in the first year are set aside to fund a health reimbursement account structured on an agreement between municipalities and their unions. Cities and towns still negotiate any change in the employee-employer premium share, giving municipal unions more bargaining authority over health insurance than state employee unions. This is a fair plan: union jobs are protected, employee premiums are lower, and communities can establish health reimbursement accounts to offset a portion of the costs for those employees who are heavy users of the health care system. Cuts in local aid in non-election years mean municipal health insurance reform can prevents elimination of teachers, firefighters, police officers and other employees from local budgets. Communities can use this reform to provide relief for local taxpayers, protect essential services, and preserve thousands of municipal jobs. I support it.
JIM September 16, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Douglas, Yeah right, 10% for the first year what about every other year after the first? What about the three other years when we accepted no raises in lieu of no increase in health premiums? Can we get those raises back now? My copay increased 700%. No vote for You Douglas.
Melissa Gleaton September 17, 2012 at 06:45 PM
how can you contain such wisdom and insight?

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