Lavish state medical plan imperils local budgets

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In this March 22, 2013 photo, Brian Shay, city administrator of Hoquiam, Wash., poses for a photo with election fliers and a brochure for the new ladder fire truck his city had to order when their old 1979 ladder truck finally broke down. Lacking cash-on-hand to buy a proper replacement truck, Hoquiam officials held an election earlier this year with a levy proposal totaling $1.2 million, but if it wasn’t for the medical expenses of a small group of retired firefighters and police officers, the city could have paid it all off in just two years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)