Battle on the horizon in Michigan over police and fire retirement benefits

  • Source: Detroit Free Press
  • Published: 07/14/2017 12:00 AM

Now that Gov. Rick Snyder has signed major changes to retirement benefits for new teachers into law, another contentious battle is on the horizon for the fall when legislators hope to extend those changes to other public employees. Those affected would include police officers and firefighters, as well as other municipal employees. The Legislature faced a furious backlash from police officers and firefighters last year when it began to discuss cuts to retiree health care and other retirement benefits for municipal employees during the lame duck session. Lawmakers backed off the proposal, and will likely face a similar battle if the issue is resurrected.


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