TRUMBULL — Are retired state legislators and high-ranking state officials running up huge health care bills at the taxpayers expense? Trumbull First Selectman Timothy M. Herbst, a likely candidate for governor, says that he would like to know.
Herbst, who is expected to announce his run for the governor’s chair June 8, on Thursday filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Office of the State Comptroller in which he asked for details on the costs to state taxpayers of funding health care benefits “for certain retired state legislators and state officials who also served in the U.S. Congress.”
Herbst is expected to seek the state Republican party’s endorsement to be its gubernatorial candidate. About a dozen people from both parties are looking to call the Governor’s Mansion home in 2019. The election will take place Nov. 6, 2018.
“We know exactly how bad our state’s unfunded pension liability is and how certain well-connected insiders benefit from perks in that system,” Herbst said. “What is less clear is how much struggling Connecticut taxpayers spend on health care benefits.”