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Legislative Session Schedule: The House of Representatives and the Senate will both convene again on Thursday, November 6. Typically, the chambers engage in very little voting the first day back from the election, but may well hold caucus leadership elections that day. 


Capital Outlay Process: See a just-released issue paper by the Senate Fiscal Agency on FY 2014-15 Capital Outlay Process for Michigan Public Community Colleges and Universities. This issue paper provides an overview of the FY 2014-15 capital outlay budget process specifically as it relates to new capital outlay planning authorizations for universities and community colleges. 


Community College Funding: A component of the funding formula for community colleges provided through the annual appropriations includes funding for meeting all of the criteria for "Local Strategic Value". Each college is required to certify to the State Budget Director that their college has or has not met these various requirements. We have received notice from the State Budget Director that all colleges have met the criteria for full funding under Local Strategic Value for FY 2014-15.


Investment Options Hearing: On Wednesday, October 22, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously reported out Senate Bill 1088 (Booher), which would expand the range of investment options available to community colleges to include investment grade bonds of the state or any of its political subdivisions. The MCCA supports SB 1088.  


Reminder...Michigan New Jobs Training Program: One of the MCCA's top legislative priorities for the fall session is passing Senate Bill 1074 (Jansen), which would update the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. The MEDC has stepped up their opposition to SB 1074; MCCA representatives will be meeting jointly with the MEDC and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Foster this coming Thursday in hopes of finding common ground.

Needed Advocacy...Please set up meetings with your Representatives to share with them the information on SB 1074. MCCA staff are also meeting individually with as many members as we can, but it is critically important that they hear from their community college. As always, it would be very helpful to know of any concerns you hear from members so we can make sure we connect with them to address concerns. A detailed document with our recommended changes is available on the MCCA website.   


Opportunity...Funding for a Veteran Resource Representative: The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, in partnership with the Michigan College Access Network, have announced the launch of the Veteran Education Initiative. The initiative offers educational institutions the opportunity to host a Veteran Resource Representative who will assist student veterans with their benefits and connect them with appropriate institutional, local, state, and federal resources as they transition from military to college life. Please see the MVAA cover letter and application for additional information. Please note that the deadline to apply is Friday, November 7.  


Reminder...Final Veterans Expo: As a reminder, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is hosting one more 2014 Michigan Veteran Expo in Detroit November 7-8. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) is seeking employers, colleges and universities, health care providers, benefits counselors, community resources, service organizations and others to attend and connect with veterans. There is no cost for Community Partners (including colleges) to participate due to grant support. For more details, please click here.

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