As the State Legislature debates its role in public education, employee benefits should be part of the conversation. Until these high growth rates are curbed, benefits will consume an ever greater share of school budgets, and schools will be unable to fund investments essential to improving quality and outcomes for students.
Despite the Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal, many employers are deciding to continue offering benefits to unmarried domestic partners. They see providing benefits--to both same- and opposite-sex domestic partners--as a way to ensure employees and their loved ones are happy and healthy.
Boomers are sending a signal to the new economy: we aren't 'moving over' to cede our careers to younger generations. Retirement at 65 is either unaffordable or irrelevant to a generation that either must keep working to survive, and/or wants to keep working to serve a meaningful and purposeful life.
Inequality is a problem for everyone -- for business, for the health of the democracy and for society at large. Our free-enterprise system is the driver of income and wealth. Business leaders don't have to wait for government solutions to the inequality problem. They have the tools at hand -- they just need the courage to step away from the pack and use them.