Michigan House Drops Bills To Cut Municipal Retiree Health Care

The Michigan House is abandoning legislation that would have made municipal retirees pay more for their health care.

The House Local Government Committee says the bill needs more work and will be left to the next Legislature in 2017.

A package of bills in Lansing would have made many municipality workers pay for 20 percent of their retirement healthcare.

The move was in response to rising healthcare costs.

It was also an effort to address unfunded liabilities.

State representatives say healthcare costs are the biggest part of any municipality’s budget and the liability estimate is tens of billions of dollars.