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The latest attempt to reduce the state budget aims to require state workers and retirees to pay their own health insurance premiums.  Springfield Senator Larry Bomke says he could support a bill that requires current employees to pay the premiums, but not for those who have already retired.

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Bomke says benefit changes should be negotiated with state employee unions, not forced by law.

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Bomke says lawmakers who have a large state employee constituency will likely disagree with the proposal.  Any change in law during the fall veto session would require a two-thirds majority vote.

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