What the holy hell?
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has vetoed Senate bill 236 that would have extended health coverage to the survivors of any state employee killed in the line of duty. This was not a giveaway. It merely gave the survivors the right to continue the coverage by paying the same premium as an active state employee.
The bill passed the Senate 51-0. It passed the house 124-3.
Let's put aside the right or wrong for a second and just look at the politics. How does he do this in an election year? With a giant revenue surplus? How do you deny benefits to widows, widowers and children of someone who gave their life doing the state's work? This makes exactly zero sense.
Democrats, you have an issue that you can pound until the cows come home. Will you run with it?
Republicans, if you can explain the political sense of this action, please do?
As far as whether it is right or wrong, this just feels wrong. Some will argue that it's a matter of personal responsibility. Even Sonny indicated that the state shouldn't be liable for benefits while not receiving the "reciprocal benefit of the services of that employee".
Sorry, Sonny and all you personal responsibility ideologues. The state received the ultimate benefit of those employees. Their lives.
I am no fan of the state giving something for nothing, but I am also a human being. Unless the current administration has allowed the state benefit system to run into the ground, the yearly hit it would receive from the small number of employees suffering death in the line would be miniscule. If I am wrong about this then let's see the books. Then, let's have an accounting of how the benefit system could be in such dire straits.
How does anyone see that this is the right thing to do?
Shame on you, Sonny. If you don't provide some pretty solid justification on this issue, shame.