For a final matrix of bills tracked in the 2011-12 Legislative Session relevant to community colleges, please click here.
MPSERS Reform Webinar - September 7, 2012
For the webinar documents (Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement System Reform: SB 1040-PA 300 of 2012) by Bethany Wicksall, House Fiscal Agency, please see below:
Dual Enrollment Expansion Law Webinar - May 18, 2012
For the webinar documents by Patty Cantu, Director of Vocational and Technical Education, State Department of Education, please see below (taping of the webinar will be posted soon):
MCCA Priorities: 2011 - 2012 Session
Public School Employee Retirement Reform
On average, 62% of state support for community college operations goes to fund the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System (MPSERS). Each year a greater portion of state appropriation intended for college operations is diverted from the classroom. HB 4420 would allow community college boards of trustees to determine whether all new employees hired after a certain date would remain in the current MPSERS system, or directed into a defined contribution plan of the college's choosing. SB 121 would expand the definition of eligible employee for the Optional Retirement Program to include part-time faculty and professional administrative staff. Senate Bill 1040 was introduced on March 22, 2012 and it makes significant changes to stabilize MPSERS. The final bill, which passed both in the House and Senate on August 15, 2012 and awaits the Governor's signature, requires defined benefit employees to either increase their retirement contributions or accept a lower multiplier, and allows defined benefit employees to opt into a defined contribution plan for future service. SB 1040 also limits employer subsidies for retiree health care, applies a graded premium subsidy to all employees, eliminates retiree health care coverage for new employees, and begins to pre-fund retiree health care benefits. For more information, please see the resources below.
Link to bills: HB 4420, SB 0121, SB 1040 (Note: The Senate enrolled version of SB 1040 is not yet available online. For the Senate Fiscal Analysis of the bill, please click here.)
Link to MCCA Position: Legislative Brief for HB 4420, Legislative Brief for SB 0121,Legislative Brief for SB 1040
Link to key data: MPSERS contribution rate as a percent of state appropriations
Link to Frequently Asked Questions: MPSERS and SB 1040
Link to audio file of conference call on March 30, 2012: Overview of SB 1040 (Presenter: Kathryn Summers, Senate Fiscal Agency)
Link to PowerPoint of webinar on September 07, 2012: Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System (MPSERS) Reform, SB 1040 – PA 300 OF 2012 (Presenter: Bethany Wicksall, House Fiscal Agency)
Personal Property Tax Reform
Eight bills were introduced on April 17, 2012 in both the House and Senate to reform the Personal Property Tax (bills were referred to the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Tax Policy). Hearings will begin this week. The bills would enact a nine-year phaseout of the industrial PPT starting in 2016. There is an 81% replacement for the revenue local governments would lose.
Authorization to Offer Certain Baccalaureate Degrees
HB 4496 would allow community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in only five applied and technical areas: Maritime Technology, Concrete Technology, Energy Production, Culinary Studies, and Nursing.
Link to bill: HB 4496
Link to analysis: House Fiscal Analysis
Link to MCCA position: Legislative Brief with Frequently Asked Questions
Link to key data: Maximizing the community college infrastructure, and the case for nursing
Michigan New Jobs Training Program
SB 757 would clarify the legislative intent of Public Acts 0359 and 0360 (which created the Michigan New Jobs Training Program in 2008) with regard to the $50 Million annual cap calculation.
Link to bill: SB 575
Link to MCCA Position: Legislative Brief
Link to key data: MNJTP data