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State Supreme Court looks at teacher pension law

May 26, 2014
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The seal of the Michigan Supreme Court on the sixth-floor rotunda of the Hall of Justice in Lansing. Photo via fb.com

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look at a law that overhauled the pension system for public school employees.

The 2012 law requires that employees contribute more for their pensions and makes veteran teachers contribute to their pension for the first time.

In a one-sentence order last week, the Supreme Court says it will take an appeal from unions.

In January, the state appeals court upheld the law, saying it doesn't violate the Michigan Constitution.

School employees hired before 1990 must contribute 4 percent to prevent a pension cut.

People hired from 1990 to June 2010 must pay 7 percent to keep their pensions intact.

There also are health care changes.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed the law as a way to reduce billions in unfunded liabilities in the pension fund.

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