UM President reacts to new law banning live-in partner benefits

Dec 23, 2011

The University of Michigan's President, Mary Sue Coleman, reacted to Governor Snyder's signature on a piece of legislation that denies health benefits to live-in partners of some public employees.

Governor Snyder said the legislation does not apply to public universities, but some in Michigan's legislature disagree with him.

Here's the letter from Mary Sue Coleman:

To our campus community:

Yesterday Governor Snyder signed legislation that prevents some public employers from offering medical benefits to the domestic partners of public employees, but in doing so he said that university employees are exempt. Based on our analysis, as well as the governor's regarding the state universities' constitutional autonomy, we believe we may continue to provide benefits to other qualified adults in full compliance with the law and will do so.

As you know, we expressed our deep concern regarding House Bill 4770 in a letter to the Legislature last month, and we urged a veto when the bill passed. We know that the competitiveness of our state and our university depends on our ability to attract and retain the very best talent.  We were heartened by the strong voices of many business leaders in this state who concur, and together we will work hard to contribute to a vibrant economy and high quality of life for all members of our community.


Mary Sue Coleman