- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Legislature’s finance committee has approved a plan in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget to offer state workers $2,000 a year to opt out of taking state-subsidized health insurance.

According to data cited in a Legislative Fiscal Bureau report, the state would spend about $6.6 million annually on the payments. According to an actuary the report cites, the state could lose as much as $3.3 million or save as much as $18 million depending on how many employees take the deal.

Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee tweaked the provisions to make anyone who opted out in 2015 ineligible for the payment. An employee with a spouse on state insurance also would be ineligible.

The panel adopted the language on a 12-4 vote Tuesday.

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