As the 2015 Legislative Session was winding down, Al Carlson, Jim Kasper and their extreme cronies put personal interest above the public interest when they adjourned without resolving the SB2022, the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Budget Bill.
This last minute dysfunction, led by Carlson and Kasper, resulted in a special session that unnecessarily cost ND Taxpayers at least $69,000.
In February of 2015, the ND Public Employees Retirement System Board awarded health coverage for state employees to the Sanford Health Plan after a competitive bid process.
Note: As legislators, Carlson and Kasper participate in the NDPERS Health Plan. Despite statements that they were trying to ‘protect’ state employee benefits, it isn’t a big leap to believe they were more concerned over how this change in coverage could affect them!
HB1475 was introduced and referred to the House IBL Committee where Kasper is a member. The amended measure was intended to interfere with the contract awarded to the Sanford Health Plan by the NDPERS Board. On March 26th, HB1475 passed the House. The Senate voted 46-0 to defeat the measure after concluding approval of the bill would be a breach of contract.
Late in the session, however, the House insisted on adding the provisions of HB1475 to the PERS Budget Bill. The Senate did not agree and appointed new conferees to resolve their differences. Meanwhile, Kasper, Carlson and their cronies adjourned the Legislative session in a risky attempt to force the Senate to comply. They did not.
Because of concern, related more to personal interest than public interest, Kasper and Carlson lost at a risky game of chicken. And ND taxpayers had to pay more than $69,000 for their dysfunctional actions.
Fire Jim Kasper & his Extreme Cronies on November 8th!
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