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Michigan New Jobs Training Program: Plans are shaping up for the Senate Education Committee hearing on Wednesday, September 17, at 12:00pm to discuss our proposed changes to the Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJTP). In addition, we have learned that the committee plans to hold to its practice of taking testimony only on September 17, and returning on September 24 for further testimony and a vote. Many thanks to those colleges who have already contacted your Senators to express support for the program; other colleges who have benefitted from the MNJTP are STRONGLY encouraged to contact your Senator (whether on the Education Committee or not) as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we do not have a bill number for the legislation that will be before the committee, but a detailed document with our recommended changes is available on the MCCA website.  


Capital Outlay: Senator Booher is planning to hold capital outlay hearings the next three Wednesdays to take testimony on college and university FY 2014-15 capital outlay requests. The committee is limiting testimony to less than 10 minutes per project. The committee has given no indication whether the outcome of these hearings will produce a capital outlay appropriation bill, or whether the hearings are informational only. Committee staff will be contacting colleges in the next several days to schedule a time for presentation. 


Senate to Revisit MPSERS: This coming Thursday, several subcommittees of the Senate Appropriations Committee have announced a hearing on Senate Bills 722 - 728. Together, the bills would provide for sweeping reforms to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS). MCCA will be watching these bills closely and will keep members informed if there appears to be legislative interest in enacting further reforms to MPSERS. 


Tax Increment Finance Reform: Last week, Representative Eileen Kowall announced the results of a series of workgroups she has held over the last year aimed at updating Michigan's tax increment finance laws. Rep. Kowall also shared a lengthy bill draft, which she intends to introduce this coming week, with the goal of beginning committee hearings in September.

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