State budget experts say closing pension plan will cost taxpayers an extra $24 billion

UPDATE (11/30): Senate Fiscal Analysis of SB 102 shows significant costs for school districts

The Senate Fiscal Agency today testified in the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing that a proposal to dismantle the school employee retirement system would cost the state $1.6B to $3.8B over five years, as reported by the Detroit Free Press today.

“Unconscionable”: MEA President’s response to Snyder decision to appeal 3% suit

EAST LANSING, July 5, 2016 — The following can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook: “It’s unconscionable that Gov. Snyder has chosen to continue appealing the recent court decision that school employees should be refunded the 3 percent of their salary that was illegally taken from them. “In light of Attorney General Schuette’s decision…

MEA Delivers 33,000 Signatures on 3% Case to Snyder, Schuette

MEA President Steven Cook and several MEA members helped to deliver more than 33,000 petition signatures to the offices of Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette today, demanding they stop wasting taxpayer money appealing court rulings that say school employees are owed $550 million from unconstitutional paycheck deductions. “We’ve been fighting this court…