2016 Results For Business publication - Page 3

SICK LEAVE MANDATE HB 617 would have required employers to provide earned paid sick leave to employees in the amount of one hour for every 30 hours worked. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that: • 58% of workers in the South Central United States (which includes Kentucky) have access to paid sick leave. • There are 1.59 million non-farm, non-government workers in Kentucky. • Workers earn an average of eight days of sick leave per year. • Paid sick leave costs private employers 23 cents per hour worked for all employees.* • The average employee in Kentucky works 33.4 hours per week. Based on these estimates, 667,800 Kentucky workers do not have access to paid sick leave. If the average private Kentucky employee works 33.4 hours per week for 50 weeks (1,670 hours per year), the annual cost for providing sick leave to 667,800 Kentucky workers would be $256.5 million per year (1,670 hours X 667,800 workers X $0.23 per hour = $256.5 million). Legislation Estimated Annual Savings SB 210 & HB 553 Effort to repeal academic standards blocked $17.5 million HB 551 & HB 240 Tax on oil and gas pipelines defeated $9.1 million HB 342 Increase in sales and business taxes defeated HB 627 Mandatory maternity leave rejected *Source: Paid Sick Leave in the United States, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2010 MAIL ORDER PHARMACIES HB 458 would have prohibited insurance companies (including the state employee health plan and Medicaid Managed Care companies) from requiring the use of mail-order pharmacies. The bill also prohibits insurers from imposing different cost-sharing amounts between retail and mail order pharmacies. Since mail-order pharmacies typically are less expensive than retail pharmacies, health insurance companies often encourage their use to reduce costs and lower premiums. The Fiscal Note filed for HB 458 estimates that limiting the ability to use mail-order pharmacies would cost the state as much as $11.2 million per year in additional General Funds due to increased costs to Medicaid and the state employee health plan. (Kentucky businesses pay an estimated 40% of all state taxes for an impact of approximately $4.5 million per year.) In addition, the Financial Impact Statement filed by the Department of Insurance states that the limitations on mail-order pharmacies would increase costs for all private insurance policies in Kentucky by as much as $13 million per year. Since the Current Population Survey of the U.S. Census reports that 46% of Kentuckians have employer-provided health coverage, HB 458 would have cost Kentucky businesses up to $5.9 million in additional health insurance premiums (46% of $13 million = $5.9 million). The total impact on the business community of HB 458 would have been $10.4 million. $135 million $31.5 million HB 617 Mandatory sick leave turned down $256.5 million HB 458 Effort to prohibit insurers from requiring the use of mail-order pharmacies rejected $10.4 million TOTAL SAVINGS $460 MILLION THE STATE BUDGET: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The new two-year state budget includes: $1.2 billion in funding for pensions 4.5% cuts to higher education $125 million to a “permanent fund” designed to go toward pension funding in the future Performance-based funding criteria for higher education No cuts to K-12 education $175 million going to the state’s “rainy day” fund $100 million bond for workforce development Funding for “Work Ready” scholarship program starting in 2017