Double-dipping on this editorial.
Another place to find savings. (Beloit Daily News, 11/7/2011)
Excerpt: It also should be noted that expensive benefit packages for part-time employees certainly are not limited to a handful of people at the library. In fact, it is not unusual at all to find part-timers with full benefit packages in municipal government, counties and the public schools. [I don't know about the rest of you, but, in fact, when I was Director at the Middleton Public Library, benefits for part-time city staff were pro-rated.]
Eliminating such benefits - bringing government in line with common practices in the private sector - could save millions statewide
And how common is this practice?
According to a 7/26/2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics news release, "Employee Benefits in the United States - March 2011", 23% of employees in private industry have access to medical care benefits versus 26% in state and local government. No yawning chasm here.
See for yourself.
A screenshot of page 1 of the news release.