|By Steve Schultze, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The higher benefit costs would come in the form of more expensive co-pays and deductibles and higher premiums for some workers, and are more than double the amount for raises and a new bonus program that Abele included in the 2013 budget. Abele's budget also would eliminate a
"Enough is enough," said
County employees shouldn't have to bear the additional burden, said
The proposed change to deny health coverage to some part-time workers would create "enormous staffing problems" at the
The county pay for nurses is substantially below what private hospitals pay, even with the raises that Abele has proposed, Owley said. The county executive's budget includes 1.9% raises for 2013 for all employees, plus seniority raises for some.
County Budget Director
Abele's budget would freeze the property tax levy at
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