Michigan Capitol Confidential today reports on a retired teacher who is highlighted in a union publication saying he wouldn’t have gone into teaching had he known his payments for retiree health care would increase about $116.

Huron Valley retiree Jim Pierson told the MEA he “sacrificed lower pay for greater security” when he went into teaching. Education Policy Director Michael Van Beek pointed out that a teacher in Huron Valley at the top of the pay scale with a master’s degree earns $70,260 after 30 years of service and would get a pension of $31,500 a year with 3 percent annual increases. Van Beek also estimated Pierson's retiree health care premiums would increase about $116 a month under proposed legislation.

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CapCon earlier wrote about a teacher who said she was upset because she couldn’t retire at age 47.


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