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GRANHOLM-HEALTH BONDS
(2007-01-11)
(wgvu) - AN OAKLAND COUNTY OFFICIAL IS ANGRY OVER
GOVERNOR JENNIFER GRANHOLM'S REFUSAL TO SIGN A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE
COVERED RETIREE HEALTH CARE OBLIGATIONS.
REPUBLICAN COUNTY EXECUTIVE BROOKS PATTERSON SAID GRANHOLM WAS
INCOMPETENT.
PATTERSON SAYS GRANHOLM DIDN'T SIGN THE BILL AS A RESPONSE TO
HIS SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN TO REPEAL MICHIGAN'S SINGLE BUSINESS TAX.
THE BILL WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE LAST MONTH.
IT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED COUNTIES TO ISSUE BONDS TO COVER THE
RETIREES' HEALTH CARE OBLIGATIONS... A MEASURE THAT OAKLAND COUNTY
OFFICIALS SAY THEY NEED.
GRANHOLM'S SPOKESWOMAN SAYS THE MEASURE WOULD HAVE REDUCED
MICHIGAN'S FEDERAL MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT RATE.

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