Roderick Veil, a retiree from the Detroit Department of Transportation, isn’t as sure. He said he wasn’t even sure why he came to Lansing to testify before the House Committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future.
“We raised our families here. I own a house in Detroit. We did everything you asked us to do. We can’t do it any better than that. I don’t know what welfare is,” said Veil. “When we open the (ballot) envelope, there’s a gun to our head: You take this or we’re going to take more.’ ”
A package of 11 bills being considered by the is almost beside the point for these retirees, who said they’ve lost their health care and are looking at draconian cuts to their pensions and annuities. If they reflect how a majority of retirees feel — and vote — then the state bills won’t help salvage the bankruptcy deal.
Funny. There were no complaints when they were blackjacking Detroit all those years for gold-plated pensions and salaries that any idiot could see would never be fully funded, especially after they’d driven the city into bankruptcy.
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