Statement from House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) on the Michigan Supreme Court’s ruling in AFT v. Public School Employee Retirement System:

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

LANSING — Today, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the 3 percent of teacher pay illegally held back by the state must be refunded. The ruling follows an earlier decision declaring the law that allowed the hold to be unconstitutional. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

 

“I’m glad to see that the state Supreme Court is giving Michigan teachers the holiday gift they deserve — the money they earned years ago that the Snyder-Schuette administration refused to return to them once it was ruled that the state shouldn’t have collected it in the first place. The $554 million will soon be where they belong: back in the pocketbooks of Michigan teachers and their families, who will put them to good use in our state’s small businesses and local economies. It’s shameful that Gov. Rick Snyder and state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s decision in 2012 resulted in illegally keeping the hard-earned money out of our teachers’ hands for so long.”