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May 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

King County employees

401 (k) contributions should be matched by employer

In The Times’ editorial in Wednesday’s paper, the editorial board supported a proposal to change the current policy — arrived at through negotiations — regarding health-care premiums for King County employees [“A healthy dose of reality,” Opinion, May 13]. The editorial board pointed out that King County employees don’t pay health-care premiums.

In order to be fair and balanced, your editorial should have also pointed out that 401 (k) benefits provided by King County to its employees don’t include an employer-matching contribution. Most private employers who offer a 401 (k) benefit also include some kind of a matching contribution by the employer.

It would seem that in this respect King County employees have an inferior benefit compared to the private sector. That being the case, perhaps The Seattle Times should also editorialize in favor of improving the King County 401 (k) benefit to include an employer contribution.

After all, I’m sure the paper would want to be fair to King County employees.

— Frank Lippman, Seattle

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