Michigan State troopers have ratified a three-year contract with the state that includes structural changes in health care and wage increases.

The State of Michigan said in a release Thursday that 81 percent of the Michigan State Police Troopers Association voted to approve the agreement that ends December 2011.

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Troopers will not receive a wage increase in the first year of the contract, a 1 percent increase in the second year, and 2 percent in the third year. Health care plan changes are expected to offset the wage increases.

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Governor Jennifer Granholm said  “tough economic times and financial pressures on the state budget” required structural changes in employee benefits.

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Chris Luty, president of the trooper’s union, said the deal is a  “positive for state troopers.”
  
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