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Gov. Snyder and top lawmakers will meet more frequently


Gov. Rick Snyder says he will be meeting more frequently with Republican legislative leaders after a "positive" meeting.
     GOP lawmakers are pushing to close the pension system to newly hired teachers in favor of a 401(k) only. Snyder opposes the switch, and the impasse led legislators to exclude Snyder from their budget decisions.
     Snyder and the leaders met Wednesday for the first time in two weeks. He says they are searching for common ground among various proposals related to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System. Snyder, declining to be specific, says "we're moving in the right direction."
     Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof also calls the meeting "very positive." He says the governor and legislative leaders can find a "reasonable way" to close the pension system to new hires.