Senator Patty Ritchie voted for a bill that limits municipalities from unilaterally cutting health benefits to retirees....Call it "Sampie's Law" and it makes some sense. In their most vulnerable years, retirees don't need their social contract broken by lawyers looking to undo what was done in good faith.
Now the argument can be made to stop offering these benefits on hiring or offering benefits with more employee cost sharing, but frankly I agree with the Senator that those who have achieved whatever they get in retirement shouldn't have to wallow in some ex post factor shaming.
Now the Times doesn't like that the Senator took this stand. Classic example of those who are all set wanting to change the rules for those trying to get by.
Watertown Daily Times | MYOB: Ritchie tells constituents to butt out when asked about a vote