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The Michigan Legislature on Wednesday unanimously voted to cut what are believed to be the nation's highest financial penalties for collecting excessive unemployment benefits, finalizing bills that were proposed after more than 40,000 people were wrongly accused of fraud in a two-year period.

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Bills designed to get a handle on municipalities' underfunded employee retirement benefits are going to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for his expected signature.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers has come up with plans to overhaul the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, they hope to stop a string of problems that led to thousands of people being wrongly accused of fraud.


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A deal to renew federal benefits for the country’s long-term unemployed continues to elude the U.S. Congress. However, supporters of the effort, which include Democrats and a growing number of Republicans, are hopeful of a breakthrough in the Senate this week. There, Senators are looking at two proposals, one from each party.

The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to the policy that allows live-in partners of state employees to be covered by their health coverage.

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A divided Michigan Court of Appeals panel has upheld extending health benefits to the live-in partners of state employees. 

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A judge has temporarily blocked full implementation of a new law requiring Michigan public school employees to pay more for their pensions.

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The return of children to classrooms on Tuesday coincided with Governor Rick Snyder approving some big changes to how teachers will save for retirement.

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The Michigan Senate has approved a compromise bill that would end state-provided health coverage in retirement for new public school employees and require current workers to pay more for their pensions.

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Majority Republicans in the Michigan Legislature agree the weight of a $45 billion pension liability for public school employees will crush the system if left untended, but they differ on how to fix it.
 
The Senate is expected to consider a measure Wednesday that could be a compromise, pledging further action after the November election.

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Michigan's budget director says he doesn't want lawmakers to pass legislation next week putting new teachers into a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

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General Motors is changing the way it pays monthly benefits to white-collar retirees, and cutting its U.S. pension obligation by $26 billion.

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New teachers in Michigan still would get hybrid pensions under changes made to a teacher benefits bill.

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The Michigan Senate has passed legislation that would end pensions for newly hired public school employees and switch them into a 401 (k)-style retirement plan.
 
The Republican-led Senate on Thursday passed the measure that includes many changes to the state's public school employees' retirement system. The bill now goes to the House.
 
A key provision would end the pension plan for teachers hired after July 1, 2013.
 

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A group of Michigan House Democrats is urging that something be done for the state’s working poor.

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