Debate on the $5 billlion state budget began Monday and Haley told legislators that workers should put $16 million into premiums.
Haley also said legislators should drop plans to put $1 million into the 2012 presidential primary. She said the state's political parties should be able to raise the money for the first-in-the-South contests.
State Employees Association executive director Joe Benton said state workers would have to pay about $28 more each payday for insurance. He said that's a bad idea.