In the comments, there's this gem from Moonrise:
"What about treating married vs single fairly. His plan does not do that. He wants to combine the two pays to say they are rich if their combined pay is $60, 000. That a $30, 000 a year job each. Two singles living together making the same about are considered under under paid. HUH. Another slap to married couples. A family of two state workers married are going to take a double hit on pay deduction, and lose their double share on healt benefit. Shouldn't it be double share it is two workers? Under Mackell this family is losing in the cost of medical plus takes a 16% pay cut. FAIR?"