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First Responders Rally At Capitol To Preserve Health Coverage

Nov 30, 2017

Dearborn, Michigan fire truck
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Hundreds of police officers and firefighters converged Wednesday on the state Capitol.  They rallied to protect retirement benefits.

The Legislature’s Republican leaders have made a public employee retirement overhaul a priority to be wrapped up this year before the 2018 election season.

A governor’s task force made recommendations on addressing underfunded benefits.  But GOP leaders say those don’t go far enough.  

Justin Fox is a firefighter in Midland.  He says any plans that change retiree health care benefits are unfair.

“I think it’s an overreach, it’s an overstep.  They need to give this a chance to work first.” 

There is no legislation introduced at this point, but a state House committee has opened hearings on the issue.

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