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Buffalo, N.Y. Teachers Spend $9M in Taxpayer Cash in ’09 on Cosmetic Surgery

Mili Note:  Oh, those poor teachers with their low salaries and crappy working conditions.  Good thing they have a union so they can get little taxpayer-funded perks like breast implants and face lifts!

Fox News / AP

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo teachers left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $9 million worth of cosmetic surgery last year, according to the state-appointed authority overseeing public school finances.

The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority found that last year’s costs for elective procedures such as chemical peels and other skin treatments were up $8 million over 2004’s $1 million tab for cosmetic surgery.

The procedures, provided under the teachers’ union contract, accounted for 9 percent of the district’s total spending on health benefits for employees and retirees, The Buffalo News reported Thursday.

About 10,000 school employees are eligible for the benefit. District officials said teachers or their dependents accounted for 90 percent of the approximately 500 people who received cosmetic surgery last year.

Barbara J. Smith, the district’s chief financial officer, said those 500 people represent less than 2 percent of those covered by health insurance through the district — a figure she estimated works out to an average of nearly $18,000 in elective procedures last year per employee who used the benefit.

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