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School Aid Budget Signed: On June 28, Governor Snyder signed into law House Bill 5579 (Kelly), the omnibus school spending bill. The budget provides a $3.2 million or 1% increase in overall spending, which was distributed in such a way that each college receives an amount that is the equivalent of what a 2% base increase would have been through the PPT distribution funds last November, (which requires $735,000 of the $3.2 million increase) with the balance of the money ($2.5 million) distributed through the community college funding formula. HB 5579 is still awaiting a Public Act number.

 

Marshall Plan Becomes Law: On Tuesday, Snyder signed into law the framework of the Marshall Plan for Talent. Designed to connect employers with educators to pair students with in-demand careers, the Marshall Plan encourages apprenticeships and mentorships with an educational focus on certifications and occupational licensing. For more information, including a list of workshops and well as frequently asked questions, visit http://www.michigan.gov/marshallplan.

 

Snyder Signs Healthy Michigan Work Requirements: Legislation that would require most Healthy Michigan recipients to work or participate in training or volunteer programs for 80 hours a month was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder on Friday, June 22. In signing SB 897, now Public Act 208, Snyder said the bill would allow Healthy Michigan, the Medicaid expansion program, to continue in operation. The work requirements would not take effect until 2020 and would exempt older, disabled, full-time students, parents of children younger than six and others from the requirement.

 

Reminder - Voter Registration Deadline: As many of you know, Michigan will hold a Primary Election on August 7, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for this election is July 9, 2018. Please visit the Michigan Voter Information Center website to check your voter registration status, find your polling place, or view a sample ballot. Absent voter ballots are now available. To request an absent voter ballot, please complete this form and submit it to your local municipal clerk.

 
 

Session Schedule: The Legislature will now largely be on summer recess until after Labor Day.

 
 

 

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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