House Voted on 80 and Out Retirement Plan
The House has just voted on legislation giving an 80 and out retirement plan for school employees (59-45), but the chamber will not act on a similar bill applying to state workers.
Democrats gave a self-imposed deadline for getting the school measure (SB 1227) done by Friday so schools would have time to plan for retirements and new hires before the beginning of the school year. The vote Tuesday sets up a likely conference committee for the House and Senate to work out their differences.
Less emphasis has been placed on getting the state worker measure finished (SB 1226) since the fiscal year doesn't begin until October 1.
Only one Republican, Rep. Tory Rocca (R-Sterling Heights) joined Democrats in supporting the school bill. Democrats joining Republicans in opposition to the bill were: Rep. Tim Bledsoe (D-Grosse Pointe), Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods), Rep. Jennifer Haase (D-Richmond), Rep. Shanelle Jackson (D-Detroit) and Rep. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor).
Please note: There is much more to be done here. This legislation is a long way from "being soup" yet.