Michigan Gov. Granholm Proposes Retirement Plan

Gov. Jennifer Granholm is proposing a broad plan to streamline government, including proposals to entice eligible state government workers and public school employees to retire. Granholm also said Friday she will push for a new state health care plan that would be open to other public employees, the elimination of lifetime health care benefits for state legislators and more shared services among local school districts. The proposals are among the Democratic governor's priorities for her final year in office. She says the measures could save around $450 million in their first year. Granholm will detail more proposals during her State of the State speech next week. Michigan faces a budget deficit of at least $1.6 billion for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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