And for the lawmakers of the future?
Their superior benefits remain untouched.
Republicans insisted on school employee health-care reforms as part of a deal that gave Democrats the tax increases they wanted.
Republicans argued that retired school employees' health-care benefits are out of whack with the private sector and out of whack with what taxpayers can afford. But here's the thing.
Retired lawmakers have a much better deal.
"Apparently, it got lost in the shuffle," said Rep. Robert Dean, D-Grand Rapids, who has sponsored legislation to eliminate health-care retirement benefits for future lawmakers. "Leadership didn't push it to the top, and that was from both sides."
Lost in the shuffle? Right, and John L Smith was a good coach for the Spartans. Y'all need to slap yourself in the face for that one.