The Craig Fahle Show

Union Money Could Be Sticking Point For Grand Bargain

Thursday, April 24, 2014





House Speaker Jase Bolger called for unions representing Detroit city government workers to pony up for the "Grand Bargain." Jake Neher of Michigan Public Radio breaks down the reaction across party lines to this call to action. All of the pieces are still in motion, but if an agreement can be reached and city pensioners settle their claims against the state, constitutional restrictions and hard numbers will be worked out in bankruptcy proceedings. Governor Snyder says the demand will make reaching a settlement even more challenging.

Neher also explains there may be a vote today on expanding Michigan's Education Achievement Authority. He says, "there is no appetite in the Senate to touch the language in this bill," and in the House it's also a tough battle because many members aren't interested in having the EAA in their school districts.