Records show $8M spent on TN lawmaker health premiums since '92
The Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. AP photo
NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Newly released records show that Tennessee taxpayers have paid more than $8 million since 1992 for health insurance premiums for sitting lawmakers.
The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1Ba8V2j) reports those records show that the state has paid out the most for Johnson City Republican Sen. Rusty Crowe and his family. Records obtained by the newspaper through a public information request show the state paid out $200,000 for Crowe's premiums since he enrolled in the plan in 1992.
Premiums paid for the top 10 lawmakers account for $1.9 million of the total.
Others in the top 10 include House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville, Democratic Rep. Sherry Jones of Nashville and Democratic Rep. Thelma Harper of Nashville.