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Michigan's Attorney General goes to bat for Detroit's retirees

Bill Schuette
Bill Schuette

LANSING (WKZO) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he plans to defend retirees at risk of losing public pensions as part of Detroit's bankruptcy filing.

He now says he believes those pensions are protected under the state's constitution. He vowed to argue his side to the federal bankruptcy court by filing an appearance Monday.

It comes just days after Schuette appealed an Ingham County Judge’s identical ruling, that taking pension money from retirees to pay of the city’s debt would violate the State Constitution.

Apparently Schutte agrees with the judge on that count, but disagreed with her issuing a stay on the bankruptcy filing.

Schutte will take his arguments to the Bankruptcy Judge and make his case there, to convince that judge that the pension fund should not be tapped to pay off any of Detroit’s debt.

The Motor City recently became the largest municipality in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy under roughly 18-billion dollars in long term debt.