LANSING, Mich. — Sen. David Knezek (D–Dearborn Heights) issued the following statement on the Michigan Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling this morning demanding that the State return $550 million that was illegally withheld from public school employees’ pay:

“Some might call this a Christmas miracle, but I call it long-overdue justice. Coming from a family of educators and as a son of a high school lunch lady, I know exactly what this win means for the hardworking teachers and support staff in our schools. Their hard-earned money was held hostage for seven years but now it will finally be back in their hands. No one is above the law and everyone is subject to the Constitution. Although this situation should never have happened to begin with, I’m grateful that the judges came to the proper conclusion today.”