Judge blocks full implementation of teacher benefits law

By: Newscenter 16 staff
By: Newscenter 16 staff

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A judge has temporarily blocked full implementation of a new law requiring Michigan public school employees to pay more for their pensions.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/OWTbtf ) Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina granted an injunction Tuesday that gives them more time to decide whether to pay more toward their pension, accept a lower pension or freeze their pension and switch to a defined contribution plan.

Earlier in the day, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation requiring public school employees to pay more for pensions and ending state-provided health coverage in retirement for new hires.

The legislation required a decision from teachers by Oct. 26. The judge scheduled a Nov. 28 hearing on legal challenges by two teachers' unions.

The law's supporters say it will withstand the challenges.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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