Increased pensions for former Michigan State Troopers to be considered by state lawmakers

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature is considering a proposal to raise the pensions of 96 former state troopers who retired three or more decades ago to ensure they get at least $16,000 a year.

The state Senate unanimously approved two bills June 17 to adjust the pensions, sending them to the House for consideration.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Al Pscholka says he plans to examine the bills closely before sending them to the House floor.

The Stevensville Republican tells The Detroit News they’re “probably not going to be a top priority.”

Sen. Mike Nofs is a retired trooper himself and says the guaranteed minimum brings the retirees above the poverty level. The Battle Creek Republican says the troopers weren’t covered by Social Security and “this is their Social Security.”

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