LANSING — This week, Republican legislators are considering efforts to strip away critically important benefits for retired police and firefighters, such as health care. In response, state Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) issued the following statement: 


“As a former Southfield City Councilman, I understand the enormous pressure local governments are under to balance the books. I also understand just how valuable our first responders are, and how we rely on brave police officers, firefighters and paramedics to keep our community safe. The state has starved local governments of revenue sharing over the past decade, creating a funding crisis where there doesn’t have to be one. We should be talking about reinvesting in our communities and not talking about cheating retirees out of the health care benefits they earned. A cuts-only approach is wrong, and I won’t support it.”