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LA hides health care costs for individual employees in apparent violation of state law
Los Angeles Daily News

In 2017, the highest paid employee working for the city of Los Angeles collected a nearly $600,000 salary and $12,693 in health benefits, according to the state controller’s public pay database.

Its lowest paid employee — reportedly earning only $1 that year — had a benefits package that also cost the city $12,693. In fact, Los Angeles reported to the state that 25,331 employees — covering nearly every department except the behemoth Department of Water and Power and first responders — all received benefits costing the exact same amount.