3% Healthcare Deduction for Public School Employees Ruled Unconstitutional

By: News 10
By: News 10

A Michigan law that requires public school employees to pay three percent of the their pay for retiree health care has been ruled unconstitutional.

Retired circuit court judge James Giddings released his decision last Friday.

Giddings said the deduction takes money without due process of law.

Earlier this year, another Ingham Circuit Court judge ruled a similar deduction for state employees unconstitutional. However, the Michigan Court of Appeals said the state could continue deducting the money, but must put it in escrow.

Both cases will likely go to higher courts.

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  • by Laurie Location: Lansing on Aug 9, 2012 at 02:03 PM
    I need my money returned to me. I no longer work for the school system. I never benefited from the tax , therefore the money should be returned to me. Each and every time I received my pay 50.00-75.00 was taken from me. I worked for the Charlotte Public Schools two years, I need my money returned to me. This is not right to make people pay this tax if they don't from it. Can someone please help me?
  • by Nancy Location: St Clair County on Aug 8, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    I too am part time, not eligible for the benefit, but I have to pay the 3% too. If you are not receiving the benefit, how can you be forced to pay in? Help anyone?
  • by Sherri Location: Oakland County on Aug 17, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    I am a part-time employee for a public school. I am not eligible for any retiree health benefits, unless I work full time for the public school. I STILL have to pay the 3% for retiree health care, and I am not entitled to a refund either. I am enraged!
  • by Susie Location: Michigan on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    I work for a public school system in Michigan and we just recently got socked with the mandatory payroll deduction for our health insurance to begin this Friday, July 1 2011 - for us poor lowly paid office support personnel - the deduction will be a whopping $105 per pay period - that's 10% of our gross pay - Our illustrious governor certainly has put a burden on school employees! I sure wish we could get a big enough group together to IMPEACH him...
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