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Governor endorses work comp compromise

 


Governor endorses work comp compromise

MATT GOURAS, Associated Press

HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer's administration is supporting a deal with Republicans to cut workers' compensation insurance rates that are widely regarded as too expensive.

Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly told a Senate panel Wednesday morning they will support a reform measure from House Republicans with the negotiated changes the administration believes will provide needed protections for workers. He says the compromise was finally reached late Tuesday night.

The deal could bring to an end to one of the larger legislative issues of the session. Both Schweitzer and Republican leaders have made work comp costs a top policy priority.

Republican Rep. Scott Reichner says the compromise bill could cut work comp premiums by 40 percent within three years.

The Senate panel did not immediately vote on the plan.

HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer's administration is supporting a deal with Republicans to cut workers' compensation insurance rates that are widely regarded as too expensive.

Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly told a Senate panel Wednesday morning they will support a reform measure from House Republicans with the negotiated changes the administration believes will provide needed protections for workers. He says the compromise was finally reached late Tuesday night.

The deal could bring to an end to one of the larger legislative issues of the session. Both Schweitzer and Republican leaders have made work comp costs a top policy priority.

Republican Rep. Scott Reichner says the compromise bill could cut work comp premiums by 40 percent within three years.

The Senate panel did not immediately vote on the plan.

 

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