This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)
After months of wrangling, the House and Senate finally managed to pass a MPSERS reform compromise bill that locks in the MPSERS rate for districts at 24.46% moving forward and does not include a mandatory move to a defined contribution system for all new employees. Current employees who are affected by the changes will have until October 26 to choose whether to pay an increased rate or accept a lower multiplier for years of service earned after the bill takes effect December 1, 2012. The State Board of Canvassers made a major ruling this week that the collective bargaining ballot proposal did not meet the requirements to appear on this November’s ballot. The Board said that the implications of the proposal are too wide-ranging to be explained in the 100-word limit imposed on ballot proposals, but that decision has been challenged by Protect Our Jobs, the group championing the initiative, and the case is now in the hands of the Court of Appeals. Finally, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that the 2010 law requiring public school employees to contribute 3 percent to retiree health care is unconstitutional, but this hardly the last word since the ruling will almost certainly be appealed to the Supreme Court.