What is there to like about a "dinosaur" like the state's teacher pension system, the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS)? According to Nick Ciaramitaro of AFSCME, closing the system is more expensive and provides fewer benefits than keeping it. Ciaramitaro, a former state legislator, also updates listeners on the Governor's task force on local government retiree health benefits reform.
In other subjects, when is the Flint water crisis actually over? How will we know? The MIRS team kicks around this subject as well as where gubernatorial candidates are likely to end up on marijuana legalization. This and more in this week's edition.