nancy derringer http://michiganradio.org en Scrap metal theft is a huge problem for some cities in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/scrap-metal-theft-huge-problem-some-cities-michigan <p>Imagine this: you go to open the doors of your church one bright morning and realize something is missing, something big. The statue of the crucified Christ has been stripped right off the outside wall.</p><p>Or you&#39;re driving along a street and you have to navigate your way around big open holes in the street because the manhole covers have been stolen.</p><p>Or how about this: the catalytic converter is stripped right out from under the hood of your parked car.</p><p>Welcome to the world of scrap-metal theft in Michigan cities.</p><p>Nancy Derringer reported on the problem for <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/07/metal-pirates-strip-too-much-of-whats-left-from-michigan-cities-lawmakers-grope-for-answers/">Bridge Magazine</a> and she joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:24:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 14694 at http://michiganradio.org Scrap metal theft is a huge problem for some cities in Michigan Teacher retirement fund needs help http://michiganradio.org/post/school-employee-retirement-fund-needs-help <p>There&rsquo;s an ongoing debate about how to sustainably fund the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System.</p><p>According the Bridge Magazine, an online publication of the Center for Michigan, the retirement system is underfunded by $45 billion.</p><p>Bridge Magazine staff writer, Nancy Derringer, has taken an <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2012/04/gop-fix-for-mpsers-calls-for-bigger-checks-from-teachers-retirees/#.T6GrfNkzJ8E">in-depth look at this issue</a>.</p><p>Derringer notes that Senate bill 1040 would change the way the retirement system is funded. &quot;If you are a new employee your contribution to the retire system would increase to 8%. And they currently pay 3 and 6.2 % of their salary. And then if you are a retiree you currently have your health care premiums 90% paid by the state and you pay 10%, that would switch to 80/20.&quot;</p><p> Wed, 02 May 2012 21:59:29 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 7309 at http://michiganradio.org Teacher retirement fund needs help