Teachers protest Snyder appeal of salary-slicing law

Teachers march in Lansing in protest of a planned appeal by Gov. Rick Snyder. (July 19, 2016)

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — While state lawmakers were not in session Tuesday, the Capitol halls were still bustling.

Dozens of teachers gathered outside Gov. Rick Snyder’s office to protest his plan to appeal a law that would cut into their paychecks.

Last month, an appellate judge ruled an old law that took three percent of teachers’ pay to fund retiree health care was unconstitutional.

The money collected over two years remains in an interest-bearing escrow account pending the outcome of the case, which two unions say has been appealed by the state three times already.

Protesters said Snyder is wasting taxpayer money by appealing the decision again.

“School employees are owed $550 million due to an unconstitutional law that took money from our paychecks. School employees deserve this fair pay without delay,” said Reed Bretz, who teaches choir at Kenowa Hills High School in Alpine Township.

Attorney General Bill Schuette says he will not represent Snyder if he files the appeal.

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