Michigan Education Association

 

MEA thanks Retirement Stimulus supporters for pushing solutions, not politics
Bipartisan group of legislators commended for trying to save school jobs

EAST LANSING, Mich., March 25, 2009 – The Michigan Education Association would like to thank the supporters of the School Employee Retirement Stimulus bills for their efforts to find solutions to the state deficit and create jobs in communities where they are badly needed.

Despite the fact that the bills did not have the benefit of a floor vote, Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland; Rep. Fred Miller, D-Mount Clemens; Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw; Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge; Sen. Bruce Patterson, R-Canton; Rep. Barbara Byrum, D-Onondaga; Sen. John Gleason, D-Flushing; and Sen. Jim Barcia, D-Bay City took on the status quo and worked for proactive solutions to the projected $400 million shortfall in school aid funding.

More important, Sen. Kuipers and the others recognized the impact of the thousands of jobs the retirement stimulus would have created for newly minted school employees, something their colleagues failed to see.

“I’m disappointed that some of our legislators and school officials could not see the broader benefits for Michigan’s future that this legislation would have brought,” said MEA President Iris K. Salters. “We are especially grateful that the bipartisan supporters of this legislation pushed through the obstacles their leadership created and put Michigan students before politics.”

The MEA will continue to seek solutions to the school aid deficit and find ways to create jobs in Michigan.

“We are hopeful that the discussion started by Senate Bill 255 and House Bill 4285 will encourage lawmakers to move forward with solutions so that Michigan students aren’t faced with devastating school cuts,” Salters said.

Contact: Ed Sarpolus, MEA Director of Government Affairs, 517-927-9776

 “The mission of the MEA is to ensure that the education of our students and the working environments of our members are of the highest quality.”

Updated: March 25, 2009 4:23 PM