Detroit’s descent into bankruptcy threatened the pensions of the cops and fire fighters who risked their lives to protect us with deep cuts. But Michigan’s constitution protects the pensions of public employees. These retirees had worked long careers in dangerous and demanding jobs, and now they were poised to become victims of the incompetence and corruption of Detroit’s officials.
So Attorney General Bill Schuette immediately intervened in bankruptcy court and fought to guarantee the protection our constitution offers.
Bill stood against his own party on the issue, but people come before politics, and Bill isn’t the kind of Attorney General who picks and chooses which parts of the constitution to defend.