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Michigan's Court of Appeal ruled on Friday
that a budget-shift move to balance
books on the backs of state employees,
"We think the court got it right. The ultimate authority (on state workers compensation) is the commission," Holman noted to the Detroit Free Press.
Michigan’s unemployment rate for August 2011 stands at 10.9%, the highest since former Gov. Granholm left office in December 2010, when the rate was 10.7%.
"We realize what's going on with the economy ... and that people are hurting," Holman said. "There are long-term issues that we'll have to face, just like everybody in Michigan. But for now we're happy the court recognized that what (Granholm and the Legislature) did wasn't right,” he noted.
"The people can and should expect shared sacrifice; however, it cannot come at the expense of constitutional nullification, and the Legislature cannot expect to balance the budget on the backs of state workers," the Michigan Appeals Court Judges noted in their opinion.