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Senate Passes Part Time Student Retirement Fix: On Thursday, December 11, the full Senate passed House Bill 6378 (Van Singel). HB 6378 will resolve outstanding liability related to payments for students that ORS believes were erroneously omitted from the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS). Because the Senate made a small change, HB 6378 must go back to the House for concurrence before it can go to Governor Snyder.

Personal Property Tax Reimbursement Changes Advance: On Wednesday, December 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported its own version of House Bill 6348 (VerHeulen), which addresses the distribution of personal property tax reimbursements. As it passed the House, HB 6348 would have dealt primarily with distribution of reimbursements over 100% of qualified loss, shifting to a population-based distribution for those so-called Tier 3 payments. The Senate version would not directly affect Tier 3 payments, but would instead accelerate implementation of the dynamic formula from a 20-year phase in to 10 years. The dynamic formula shifts reimbursements toward locations where exempt personal property has been put into use. HB 6348 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Governor Signs Initiative Changes: On Friday, December 14, Governor Snyder signed into law major changes to the two citizen-initiated laws the Legislature approved earlier this fall dealing with the state's minimum wage and with paid sick leave. It is widely expected that these changes will quickly be challenged in court and we will learn more in the coming days about what to implement come January 1, 2019.

Under current law, the state's minimum wage would have incrementally increased to $12/hour by January 1, 2022. Additionally, it would have incrementally increased the minimum wage for tipped employees until it matched the wage for non-tipped workers. Under the legislation passed this week, the state's minimum wage would increase to $12.05/hour by 2030. Furthermore, the bill would maintain a minimum wage for tipped employees which be set at 38% of the regular minimum wage.

Meanwhile, the Earned Sick Time Act allows workers to earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, with a cap of 72 hours per year. The Legislative amendments would allow workers to earn one hour of sick leave for every 35 hours worked, with a cap of 40 hours per year. The bill also exempts employers with less than 50 employees.

Bills to Watch: See a quick list of all the bills relevant to community colleges on the MCCA website.

 
 

 

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