LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan appeals court has ruled that a 3 percent deduction from school employees put in place to help pay for health care costs is illegal, according to MLive.

The state has collected more than $500 million since the case against the deduction began in 2010, but the money has not been spent, MLive reports.

Teacher union leaders have asked that the money be returned.

SOURCE: MLive, “Gov. Snyder ponders whether teachers will get a $508 million refund after appeals court ruling,” Aug. 17, 2012
FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Michigan Public School Health Insurance Costs Soar Above National Trends," Sept. 7, 2010
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Judge Giddings Upholds Mackinac Center on Government Retiree Health Bennies,” April 6, 2011

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