CHICAGO — A top advisor to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said last week that he considered trying to push for legislation that would provide some protection for Detroit's low-income residents who faced cuts in their pensions.

Richard Baird is one of Snyder's close advisors but not technically a state employee. He was responsible for hiring Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr, and testified in a deposition last week as part of Detroit's bankruptcy case. Baird said that he was interested in whether a state law could protect Detroit citizens in line to receive the lowest pensions from large cuts as the city struggled to avoid bankruptcy.

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