Teacher Benefits Debated

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The Michigan Senate pushed through legislation aimed at lowering the health insurance costs of K-through-12 schools.

That's despite complaints from Democrats who accused Republicans of moving too quickly.

Also, the Republican-controlled House voted 55-52 along party lines to change the way health benefits are calculated for retired education personnel.

The vote came after the GOP stripped out language that would require pension plans for new teachers to be defined contribution systems, similar to a 401(k).

Currently, pension plans promise a set amount based on years of service.

House Republicans failed to come up with enough votes for the change two times, including one vote that lasted six hours.