The House Office Building has earned Energy Star ratings for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The award recognizes the House's commitment to conserve resources and energy costs.
Re-negotiated existing maintenance and lease contracts to gain savings in every possible area.
Implemented plan deductibles in the amount of $100 single/$200 family.
Co-pays applied in the amount of 10% after reaching the deductible.
Established out-of-pocket maximums at $500 single/$1000 family.
The Accumulated leave payout policy was reduced from 600 to 444 hour for individuals that complete service with the House.
Layoff of 6 non-partisan staff.
Majority and Minority Central Staff budgets reduced by $175,000 each.
The House Office Building was purchased from developer and now is financed through the Michigan Strategic Fund. $30 million savings to the State over the remainder of the original lease.
Eliminated Physician's Health Plan of Michigan, participants transferred into BCBSM Community Blue.
Added Delta Vision as an alternative to VSP vision coverage. The coverage was similar to VSP but at a lower cost to the House.
Office allotments reduced by 4%.
Leadership office allotments reduced by 5%.
Partisan central staff allotment cut Majority $300,000 and Minority $150,000.
Restriction of all in-state travel and maintained restriction on all out-of-state travel.
Began charging all in-district travel reimbursements to Member's allotment.
House Page Program eliminated. 26 part-time employees completed service.
Tribute framing became responsibility of House Business Office.
Layoff of 6 non-partisan staff.
Majority and Minority Central Staff allotments reduced by $100,000/$50,000 respectively.
The Peckham contract for cleaning services was significantly reduced.
House Business Office staff became responsible for office trash/recycling removal and general cleaning.
Health care increase of $500 annually for Members and employees.
Implemented a 90-day waiting period for the House Benefit Plan.
Increased plan deductibles to $250 single/$500 family.
Increased office visit and chiropractic co-pays to $20 and emergency room to $100.
Increased prescription drug co-pays to $15 generic, $30 name brand and $50 non-formulary.
Increased out-of-pocket maximums to $1000 single/$2000 family.
Eliminated VSP plan and maintained Delta Vision.
Eliminated short term disability, implementing 67% coverage after 90-day wait.
All employees, regardless of retirement plan, contribute 3% of their annual base taxable income towards retirement health care.
Legislator's salaries reduced by 10%.
Legislator's expense allowance reduced by 10%.
Members pay for parking in the Capitol lot.
Member's Office allotments reduced by 5%.
Leadership allotments reduced by 10%.
Speaker's Office allotment reduced by more than 10%.
90-day waiting period for the House Benefit Plan.
PPO, HMO and H.S.A. Options for Health Care
20% copayment of premiums for Medical, Dental and Vision (10% options with higher out-of-pocket expenses).
Implemented 3 tiered payments for Members/employees (single, two person, family).
Layoff of 6-7 non-partisan staff.
At least one employee to be full time.
Member's Office allotments reduced by 13.9% .
Leadership allotments reduced by 13.9%.
Central Staff allotments reduced by 7.5% .