Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee passed new pension reform measures in a 9 – 8 vote. The bills, SB 102, 1177 & 1178 have now moved to the full Senate for possible action today. I am asking you to take action to stop these bills from moving forward.
Specifically, contact your Senators by phone or e-mail and ask them to oppose these bills. The full reasoning was presented in yesterday’s article (Lame duck session is the wrong time for MPSERS reform), but the primary reasoning is two-fold: First, this is a highly complex issue and should not be taken up in the very short lame duck session. Second, the numbers prove conclusively that the costs to close out the system add a substantial burden to the State of Michigan and its taxpayers. It is bad fiscal policy to move these bills forward.
Of particular note, please thank the following Senators for opposing these measures in Committee and ask them to remain in opposition in the full Senate:
Curtis Hertel – East Lansing (D)
Vincent Gregory – Southfield (D)
Goeff Hansen – Hart (R)
Hoon-Yung Hopgood – Taylor (D)
Marty Knollenberg – Troy (R)
David Knezek – Dearborn Heights (D)
Mike Nofs – Battle Creek (R)
Coleman Young II – Detroit (D)