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Houston Metro to increase workers' healthcare premiums to balance budget


Today, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas plans to host a public hearing on its proposed fiscal-year 2011 budget, which includes no fare increases or elimination of routes.

However, Metro plans to increase healthcare premiums by 30 percent and eliminate car allowances for upper management.

“We scrubbed this budget looking for areas to save money without compromising service to our customers,” saidMetro Chief Executive Officer George Greanias in a prepared statement. “Some savings are small, like removing office plants, while others are larger like eliminating more than 150 desktop and network printers.”