Government pension spiking and double dipping; union time on taxpayer dime; Detroit pension bailout

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Government pension spiking and double dipping; union time on taxpayer dime; Detroit pension bailout

 

 

Check out these key votes made by lawmakers during the 2015-16 Michigan Legislature, and go to www.votespotter.com to sign up and see how the people who represent you voted on these and other issues that impact your daily life.

 

Senate Bill 279, Ban public school/union pension spiking scheme: Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on November 10, 2015

To prohibit public school districts from adopting arrangements in which a school employee goes to work full time for a teachers union but remains a school employee for purposes of collecting a government pension. Recent presidents of the state’s largest teacher union have used this to ‘spike’ their government pension payouts to six-figure amounts.

The House has not voted on this bill.

 

Senate Bill 280: Ban schools and governments paying union officials to do union work: Passed 20 to 17 in the Senate on November 10, 2015

To prohibit the state and local governments including public schools from carrying union officials on their payroll for doing union work, on either a full time or part time basis. Under these so-called “release time” arrangements many public school districts pay a local union official a full time teacher's salary and benefits even though the individual does not teach or perform any other educational functions.

The House has not voted on this bill.

 

Senate Bill 86: Authorize more local “pension obligation bonds”: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 4, 2015

To extend for one year the Dec. 31, 2015 sunset on a law passed in 2012 to allow local governments to borrow money to cover unfunded employee pension liabilities, which is allowed only if the local has closed its traditional “defined benefit” pension system to new employees.

The House passed this 109 to 1 in the House on May 20, 2015.

 

Senate Bill 738: Require more state pension fund disclosures: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 10, 2016

To require that state pension systems include an executive summary of the system’s unfunded liabilities in annual reports they are already required to produce.

The House also passed this bill with no opposing votes.

 

Senate Bill 801, Coleman Young Jr. amendment to give Detroit schools pension bailout: Failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on May 4, 2016

To give the Detroit school district an extra $157 million to cover its cover its delinquent commitments to the underfunded state-run school pension system.

 

Senate Bill 343, Prorate unfunded university pension “catch up” costs: Passed 32 to 5 in the Senate on June 18, 2015

To cap the percentage of payroll that state universities must pay to “catch up” on past underfunding in the school pension system run by the state. This would mean that the state (taxpayers) would be required to cover required catch-up cost contributions above this level, which has also been the case for public school districts since 2012. 

The House passed this 100 to 8 on May 12, 2016.

 

Senate Bill 12: Allow pension double-dipping by “retired” Attorney General employees: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on February 3, 2015

To allow a retired state employee to simultaneously collect pension benefits and a paycheck for work performed as an Attorney General consultant or expert witness.

The House passed this 82 to 28 on April 16, 2015, with three Republicans joining 25 Democrats in opposition. (The current Michigan Attorney General is a Republican.)

 

 

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