Speak out against legislative bill to end domestic partner benefits for state workers
I read with disbelief and increasing dismay the article in your Nov. 3, 2011, paper titled “’People will leave,’ prof says,” concerning House Bill 4770. The bill seeks to save money by eliminating benefit allowances for domestic partners. Your paper states that the Michigan House of Representatives approved the bill in September 2011 and is being considered by the state Senate.
Our country as well as our state have prided themselves on being leaders on many fronts, including compassion and care for the weak and disabled. It has been said that at their best the American people have exhibited critical intelligence, tolerance, respect for evidence and attention of the unfolding discoveries in science.
I am glad that your newspaper also quotes several of the groups and individuals who are opposing House Bill 4770, as well as the statement of a man whose partner’s health, already tenuous, would be at even greater risk should benefit allowances be eliminated.
Setting back our clocks at this time of year may have beneficial effects on some citizens, but adopting a measure like House Bill 4770 would set all of us back in a way that would be hard to recover from. I urge everyone of voting age (but also young people who will someday vote) to inform their government representative of their opposition to House Bill 4770 and its implications of intolerance and rigidity.