2007 Senate Bill 547

House Roll Call 445: Passed

To establish a “graduated” school employees pension and post-retirement health care benefits vesting system, where the amount of pension and benefits a school employee receives is tied more directly to the number of years worked; and also require employees to contribute more of their salaries to the system. Under current law an employee who has only worked for 10 years (or five in some cases) can be eligible for a full pension and benefits. Passage of the bill occurred as part of a deal to avoid reducing state spending in the 2007-2008 Fiscal Year by imposing $1.5 billion in tax increases, including an increase in the state income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.35 percent (<a href="http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=237062">House Bill 5194</a>) and imposing a 6 percent tax on many personal and business services (<a href="http://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=237048">House Bill 5198</a>).

56 Yeas / 53 Nays
Republican (48 Yeas / 3 Nays)
Democrat (8 Yeas / 50 Nays)
Excused or Not Voting (1)