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Thompson Proposes Increased Insurance, Pension Contributions For Federal Workers

Published On: Feb 01 2012 10:39:14 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 01 2012 07:51:36 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson said he thinks federal workers should pay more for their health insurance and pension benefits, just like Wisconsin state workers were forced to do last year.

Thompson said on Wednesday that would be one of the first things he proposes if elected to the U.S. Senate.

The announcement marks an attempt by Thompson to appeal to more conservative voters who were more likely to have backed Gov. Scott Walker's similar proposal passed last year. That measure went even further by curbing collective bargaining rights.

Thompson didn't reveal how much he wanted to raise pension and health care contributions, saying only they should be more in line with comparable workers in the private sector.

Thompson is speaking at Marquette University this week and is expected to talk about what is driving his decision to run for office again.

Thompson is being challenged by former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald.

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