Hearing to be held Thursday in school employee retirement challenge

Legal challenges to a recent law increasing health care and retirement costs for school employees will be heard Thursday morning in front of Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

 

On Sept. 4, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 300 of 2012, which required state and public school employees to pay at least 20 percent of their retiree health care premiums. Among other things, it also mandated that 200,000 public employees hired before 2010 pay more toward their pension plans, or else be forced into a 401(k)-style plan.

 

PA 300 is rife with constitutional issues regarding the protection of government pensions, according experts. The same day Snyder signed the bill into law, teachers and school employees filed a request for a restraining order to stop it from being implemented.

 

Aquilina granted the request, temporarily putting implementation of PA 300 on hold.

The next hearing in the case will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Aquilina's chambers at Veterans Memorial Courthouse, 313 W. Kalamazoo St. in Lansing.