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Legislature to cut police, teacher pensions on hold

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Teachers, city workers, police and fire employees are among the many whose pension and retiree benefits will go unchanged.

Despite a frenzied push in the last week, state lawmakers decided to shelve a series of bills to cut municipal employee's retirement health care benefits.

"Happy to see that they're willing to work with us on this. This is a very serious situation for any public sector employee," Saginaw Township Police Sgt. John Sadowski said.

He said the measure would not only affect police, fire and public safety, but the pensions of teachers, secretaries and public works employees would also have been affected.

"We've worked very hard to have these benefits, paid for them throughout our careers that we'd like to have them when we retire," Sadowski said.

State Senator Ken Horn supports the measure. In his mind, the measure would prevent local governments from going bankrupt due to retiree health care costs.

"If you're going to ask my taxpayers in one community to pay for the promises of another community, we need to have a say in how the outcome is," Horn said.

As for Sadowski, he hopes a fair deal can be worked out.

"This is an issue that should be kept with the local government level. So I think that's where I would like to see it stay," Sadowski said.

Lawmakers said they will be looking at new legislation on the issue in 2017.

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