DES MOINES—The next governor of Iowa suggests that one way the state can cut looming deficits is sharing health care insurance costs with more state employees. Gov.-elect Terry Branstad says the state needs a “lifestyle change” in the way it provides salaries and benefits to its employees. At a budget briefing Monday, Branstad said the 10,000 state employees who don’t add family members to their health plans get that insurance for free. He says that’s too costly for Iowa and says “it’s only fair and reasonable that they pay something toward their health insurance.” Estimates of next year’s state budget deficit range up to $700 million.


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