Community College Budget and Needed Action: As previously reported, both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Community Colleges have passed their recommendations for the Community Colleges budget. Neither Subcommittee budgets include tuition restraint language for community colleges. The full Appropriations Committees will act on the budgets in late April when the Legislature returns from spring recess. As a quick review of both budgets:
House Bill: House Bill 5311, largely mirrors the Governor's recommendation, but also adds a $100 placeholder to discuss a pilot program that would cover the cost of GED testing.
Senate Bill: Senate Bill 762, shifts $150 million in School Aid Funds out of the community colleges budget, replacing that money with General Funds. SB 762 does not concur with the Governor's recommendation to lower the MPSERS rate cap from 20.96% to 19.76%, but includes a separate line item of $8.5 million toward retiree health care, which offsets the difference from the Governor's recommendation.
$50 Million for Competitive Grant Program: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government reported its recommendations in House Bill 5301, which include the $50 million capital outlay competitive grant program that Governor Snyder recommended in the Michigan Strategic Fund budget (equipment for skilled trades training).
NEEDED ACTION: Please contact your legislators to thank them if they serve on our subcommittees, or to encourage their support for these budgets.
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges: Paul Muxlow (R-Chair), Greg MacMaster(R), Anthony Forlini (R), Adam Zemke (D), Pam Faris (D)
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges: Darwin Booher (R-Chair), Tonya Schuitmaker (R), Glenn Anderson (D)