- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A survey finds concern among local government leaders in Michigan about whether they’ll be able to provide health care benefits for retirees.

The Michigan Public Policy Survey released Thursday found officials in 53 percent of local jurisdictions that provide those benefits are somewhat concerned or very concerned that they won’t be able to meet retiree health care obligations.

The survey, conducted by the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, found 22 percent of local officials say their jurisdictions provide such benefits to retired employees or elected officials. This includes 84 percent of the state’s largest local governments.

The survey sent in April to June got responses from 72 percent of 1,328 governments and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points.

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