Bill to end legislator retirement health care heads to Gov. Snyder
State Rep. Peter MacGregor today voted in favor of a bill to eliminate retirement health care benefits for most Michigan legislators.
House Bill 4087 ends a retirement health-care program that covered former legislators after age 55. The bill eliminates benefits for most current members of the Legislature, including Rep. MacGregor, and all future lawmakers.
Any lawmaker not already vested in the program by Jan. 1, 2013 will be affected by the bill. They will receive no retirement health-care benefits from the state.
“We’ve asked Michigan residents to share in the sacrifice as we work to get our state back on track and we lawmakers needed to do our part as well,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “I’m proud to have voted to eliminate my own retirement health-care benefits. These benefits end upon leaving most jobs and serving in the Legislature should be no different.”
Additionally, the House has increased transparency this year by posting all legislative salaries and benefits online to view at www.house.mi.gov/asp.