Kevyn Orr’s misinformation campaign

May 30, 2014

Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr appeared at Michigan’s annual Mackinac Conference, the gathering place for Michigan’s political elite. Orr (@MotownEM) had some stunning things to say:







This was an incredible statement from Orr regarding potential cuts to the general retirement retiree benefits. The number Orr cites is much higher than numbers reported in the media. I’ve asked Orr’s press person to confirm the statement and will update with a response.



Update from William Nowling, spokesman for Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr:

Mr. Nowling says that Mr. Orr’s reference to a 60 percent cut in benefits referred to General Retirement System participants that could face a 27 percent reduction in pension payments, a 14 percent reduction in annual cost of living adjustments (COLA), an 8.8 percent reduction in annuity payments for those in the system and an unspecified reduction in retiree healthcare benefit (OPEB) if the retiree “Grand Bargain” is not approved by employees  and retirees.

According to Mr. Nowling, unions were saying that OPEB elimination was about 20 percent, but he did not confirm that number with internal data.

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