Senator Young released the following statement in response to Detroit Emergency Manger Kevyn Orr’s proposed changes to retiree health benefits.

“It is a sad day in Detroit when people who have worked all their lives to receive health benefits have them stripped away by Kevyn Orr in an aggressive and arbitrary fashion. Especially when other reforms could have been made. The number one cause of bankruptcy in this country is due to healthcare costs. Our firefighters who rush into burning buildings, our police officers who endure hail and gunfire and our city workers who work to make our city a better place to live deserve more. The fact that Kevyn Orr is willing to decimate the healthcare benefits of these men and women of valor and honor not only shows how autocratic our emergency manager law is but how much democracy is needed in our city.”