School Employees Would Face Higher Benefits Costs Under House Plan

May 21, 2012

A state House committee goes to work this morning on a plan that would force teachers and other school employees to pay more for their retirement benefits. 

Governor Rick Snyder and Republican leaders say that’s necessary to ensure the long-term solvency of the retirement system.

There are a lot of details to work out, but the bottom line for public school employees is, one way or the other, they will pay more for retirement benefits and retirement health care.

Governor Rick Snyder says overall, he supports the plan.

"(Be)'cause it's striking the right balance about taxpayer long-term liabilities and employees who have benefits."

“What’s going to happen next year?" asks retired teacher Thom Houseman.  "What more can they take from teachers next year?

Houseman says Republican leaders at the state Capitol have targeted teachers time and time again to address budget troubles regardless of promises that have been made to school employees.