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SBAM Member Testifies Before Senate Reforms Committee

March 12, 2010

As noted above, SBAM member Paul Hense, testified in support of bills that would require public employees to contribute 20% of the cost of their health care.  Currently most public employees pay less than 10%.

Hense owns an accounting firm in Grand Rapids and is a former SBAM Board Chair.  Hense testified as to his observations in serving his business clients.  He pointed out that many small business owners and employees have had to make sacrifices just to survive. 

He also pointed out that the level of benefits that public employees receive is just not sustainable in today’s economy, citing the bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler as an example.

The Reforms and Restructuring Committee will be voting on these bills later this month.

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