Thursday, June 9, 2011

"Splain this to me"

The Contract Clause appears in the United States Constitution, Article I, section 10, clause 1.
It states:
No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
The Contract Clause prohibits states from enacting any law that retroactively impairs contract rights.

So, someone please explain to me how the State of Michigan can give any one singular person the right to negate labor contracts with employees of that government.  Or impair negotiated benefits retroactively.

I am not an attorney.  I have never played an attorney on television.  My degrees are in areas of medicine and finance.  My high school major was in science and math.  So, when it comes to the area of law and government, I only know what I can read.  Am I reading something wrong here?

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