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Detroit pension cuts kick in as part of bankruptcy plan

Mar 1, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Pension cuts are kicking in for roughly 12,000 city of Detroit retirees.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The 4.5 percent reduction is a result of Detroit's bankruptcy. Pension fund spokeswoman Tina Bassett tells the Detroit Free Press that about 1,450 retirees with very low incomes have qualified for financial help from a separate fund. Some people will get as much as $180.

  The retirees are also losing annual cost-of-living payments. Separately, police and fire retirees will see a reduction in their cost-of-living payment but not their pension.

  The city says the cuts would have been worse if not for an $816 million rescue arranged by the state, foundations and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit emerged from bankruptcy in December.