With the stroke of his veto pen, on May 5, Governor Perdue vetoed a bill that would have provided continuing health insurance coverage to dependants of state employees who were killed in the scope of their employment. So, in essence, what this veto does is tell the family of a state highway trooper who was killed in the line of duty, sorry, you’ll just have to lose your health coverage.
What is Perdue’s reasoning? In his explanation he dryly says “these non-employee recipients will subject the taxpayers of this state to the liability for the employers’ contribution without the reciprocal benefit of the services of that employee.”
Now that is compassion.
By the way, this bill passed the House by a 124-3 vote and the Senate by a 51-0 vote.
Now we finally know what “Sonny did” and it ain’t anything good.