More Workers Take Early Retirement Offer

By: News 10
By: News 10

Nearly 4800 state workers are heading for retirement, saving the state of Michigan millions of dollars.

4,755 workers opted to retire and officials predict that will add up to $60 million in savings next year.

The state had originally projected 3,300 people would take the early retirement incentive.

Those who decided not to retire, will have to pay three percent of their salary toward health care costs.


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  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Nov 11, 2010 at 03:42 AM
    A 3% pay cut is a joke. The state, like all governmental workers have been grossly over paid for years. Any time a "study" is submitted, the first place I look, is who paid for the "study"? You will always find these so called "studies" will be slanted in favor of whoever is paying for them! Remember, "Figures don't lie, but liars can figure!" Thank you. Ricardo
  • by John Location: Lansing on Nov 10, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    Lets keep in mind all State employees, even those not eligilbe to retire were hit with a 3% pay cut. A good portion of those receiving a pay cut generate more than enough revenue to PAY for themselves. Far less than 50% of State employees are funded through taxes. Further, you will find studies from conservitive think tanks show higher level State empolyees actually earn far less than their private sector counterparts, so they should get a raise. Taxes should be raised to adequately pay for the services residents want and enjoy. Seems some people want to have State employees work for free.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Nov 10, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    Let's hope they don't replace the outgoing employees. Additionally, our elected officials need to make deep and permanent cuts, eliminating the many useless bureaus, commissions, etc. They also need to reduce pay and benefits of state workers (to bring them in line with private sector employment). What do employers do in the private sector do to avoid going belly up? They cut all unnecessary spending, they reduce employee hours, pay and beneifts; and when all else fails, they begin eliminating employees.
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