MPS teachers fight back on proposals to close budget gap

Clara Hatcher:

The Committee on Accountability, Finance and Personnel also endorsed eliminating long-term disability benefits, something just four employees accessed in 2017. The committee did not act on other proposals, including eliminating coverage of spouses who have access to insurance elsewhere or charge employees extra to keep them on their plan and raising copays for doctor visits to $35, urgent care to $50 and emergency rooms to $175 ($4.3 million).

The committee also recommended cost-of-living raises of 2.13% for employees.