Legislation that could save cities and towns up to $180-million on health insurance for employees has cleared the house. Representative Rachel Kaprelian sponsored the bill that would let municipal workers join the state's cost conscious group insurance commission.
Kaprelian said, "This could be the very measure that could help stave off the closing of the library; that could help stave off layoffs. It is our sincere hope that this will reduce the reliance on property taxes."
Senate leaders support the bill, which is part of Governor Deval Patrick's package to ease the finances of cities and towns.
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