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MCCA Performance Funding Taskforce Meets: In response to legislative language that creates a committee to review the current performance funding process for community colleges, the first meeting of the MCCA performance funding taskforce met to begin preliminary discussions on the issues and metrics that need to be reviewed in order to make recommendations for change to the existing performance funding formula used to allocate annual increases in community college funding. The committee will be reviewing data trends over the past 10 years which will help inform discussions on what changes, if any, need to be made to the existing formula.

 

House Debates Transportation Funding: Despite efforts last week to find sufficient support to pass the House Republican's plan to generate additional revenue for infrastructure funding, the House adjourned Wednesday evening without a resolution.  The conference committee, comprised of three members from the House and Senate, briefly met but never adopted a conference report.  The solution being floated by the Speaker would raise the $1.2 billion needed for roads and bridges through $600 million in new revenue and redirecting $600 million in the General Fund to infrastructure funding.  The Governor, Senate leadership, and House Democrats have expressed their opposition to that level of general fund cuts. The House is next scheduled for session on September 9.

 

Justice Kelly Announces Departure: Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly announced this week that she will be leaving the Supreme Court to return to private practice, effective October 1, 2015. Governor Rick Snyder will appoint her replacement in the coming months.

 
 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

Michigan Legislature’s website (bill tracking and committee meetings)

Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan Senate

Community College Legal Authority (Michigan Constitution)

Community College Act of 1966

 

For the map of the community college districts, click here.

 

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