Walker Vetoes Smoking Surcharge For State Workers

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 7:02 am

A day after Minnesota’s tax increase on cigarettes went into effect, we’ve learned that smokers in Wisconsin won’t have to be paying a new surcharge. On Sunday, Gov. Scott Walker vetoed his own plan to charge state workers more for health insurance if they smoke.

Walker’s executive state budget would have required state workers who smoke to pay $50 more per month for health insurance, but Walker used his partial veto powers to erase the plan from the final budget he signed Sunday.

Walker’s administration said the extra charge was necessary because health care is more expensive for tobacco users.

Walker’s veto message says new federal guidance on tobacco surcharges was issued after he drew up the fee plan that would make the program too cumbersome.

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