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Tentative Budget Presentation: MCCA staff have learned that the Governor is likely to present his Executive Budget recommendations on Wednesday, February 11. While budget projections have fallen below the levels estimated last May, the Governor has made a number of positive comments about his desire to continue investing in skilled trades, rather than simply instituting across the board cuts. 


Michigan New Jobs Training Program: With the help of our friends in the Legislature, MCCA staff were able to secure 11 Senators and Representatives to sign the letter requesting an Attorney General opinion on the Michigan New Jobs Training program.Please share your thanks with the following individuals: Senators Booher, Schmidt, Knezek, and Pavlov, and Representatives Muxlow, Inman, Forlini, Zemke, Hughes, Bizon, and Schor.

Re-Introduction of MNJTP Legislation: In addition, Senators Booher, Pavlov, and MacGregor will have three bills on the Senate floor for co-sponsorship this week that would reintroduce our changes to the MNJTP: (1) adjusting the $50 million cap; (2) eliminating the 2018 sunset; and (3) including clarifying language to grandfather-in existing MNJTP contracts that have new jobs below the new minimum wage threshold.  


Veterans Tuition: Already this session, Representative Hughes has reintroduced House Joint Resolution D, which would require community colleges to charge in-district tuition for active duty military members and honorably discharged veterans. The resolution was referred to the House Appropriations Committee. MCCA staff have a meeting this coming week with Appropriations Committee Chair Pscholka and will keep you informed about his intentions. 


Bills to Watch: A quick reference of all the bills relevant to community colleges introduced in the 2015 Legislative Session is available on the  MCCA website.  

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