Republican Legislators hidden perk has cost taxpayers in the 2011 budget $30,000 in the line for the legislator’s health and welfare plan, an increase of $13,000 from the actual cost of $17,801 in 2009.
Each GOP legislator is entitled to $1,000 per year for reimbursement of uninsured medical expenses. The perk can be used by either the legislator or their qualifying dependents regardless of whether they are enrolled in the county’s health insurance plan. Unused portions of the benefit can be rolled over to the following year.
Democrats have made several proposals in recent years to eliminate the perk, however, a majority of the Republican legislators have voted against its elimination.