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Sad Violin Alert: Michigan Teacher Upset She Can't Retire...at Age 47

Equality72521 Wrote: Apr 18, 2012 2:28 PM
Seriously, what is wrong with investing in your own retirement? What has this country become?
Jack2894 Wrote: Apr 18, 2012 2:51 PM
NO indication she has not done that, as far as I can tell.
rickmcq Wrote: Apr 18, 2012 3:05 PM
Jack, she is complaining of a 5% contribution to her medical insurance premium. Private secor employees pay more than that already.
rickmcq Wrote: Apr 18, 2012 3:44 PM
From the article:
"The bill requires Michigan teachers to put 5% of every paycheck toward their pension funds, among other reasonable, moderate practices considered standard by virtually everyone in the private sector."

From http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billanalysis/Senate/htm/2011-SFA-1040-S.htm
"Second, all current employees retiring on or after July 1, 2012, would have to be at least age 60 before being eligible to receive retiree health care premium coverage. Under current law, members in the "basic" plan can receive health care coverage at age 55 with 30 years of service, or at age 60 with 10 years; and MIP employees can receive coverage if at least age 46 and with 30 years of service..."
rickmcq Wrote: Apr 18, 2012 3:46 PM
MI law appears to allow the MI Legislature to make these changes. If you shout with glee when goodies are handed out, you can cry with angre when they are pulled back - just like the rest of society.
MacQ - Texas Wrote: Apr 18, 2012 2:46 PM
Good question. But a foreign concept for liberals to spend their own money on anything, even themselves. OTHERS should provide for them...
AliveInHim Wrote: Apr 18, 2012 2:48 PM
Hence the aptness of this: 'When conservatives lose their jobs or suffer other personal loss, they look for the next opportunity. Liberals wonder who will take care of them.

Union lunacy at its finest. A Michigan teacher, and member of the Michigan Education Association (the teachers' union), has gone on the record protesting an education spending reform bill that would preclude her from collecting health benefits right away when she retires...at age 47.

It's hard to decide what's more galling here: the fact that this woman believes she's entitled to retire so early -- on taxpayer funds, I might add -- or that she's protesting a bill that would require teachers to take marginal responsibility for their own retirements.

The nerve of these insensitive, education-hating politicians!

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