MI first responders to protest proposed bill aimed at reforming benefits

Posted at 5:23 AM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 05:57:53-05

First responders are heading to Lansing today to protest a proposed bill that would reform retiree benefits.

This potential bill is getting a lot of push back from our police officers and firefighters.

The legislation is set to reform health care and pension benefits, also known as "other post-employment benefits." It impacts current and future retirees.

Back in January, Governor Snyder created a task force to address the unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities of some local governments.

That group put together a recommendation to protect retiree healthcare and pensions.

The Police Officers Association of Michigan says the proposed bill does not include their recommendation.

The bills, critics say, would create a state committee, removing local government control and the right for collective bargaining. 

The governor's office calls this a complex issue that needs immediate attention.

The legislation is expected to be introduced sometime this week.