Proposed Cuts Will Heat Up Detroit's Battle With Retirees

Law360, New York (April 2, 2014, 9:23 PM EDT) -- Detroit's proposal to lower police and fire retirees' benefits again this week is an aggressive move that will likely result in a challenge from unhappy pensioners, experts say, but its impact on the city's prospects for getting out of bankruptcy remain to be seen.

On Monday, the city unveiled an amended plan of adjustment that, if approved, would reduce Police and Fire Retirement System pensioners' benefits by 6 to 14 percent, more than the 4 or 10 percent reductions included in an earlier proposal. The difference in percentages may not be huge, but with retirees already angry about the cuts the...

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