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Session Schedule: Both the House of Representatives and Senate will reconvene again September 25.

 

Legislature Enacts Minimum Wage & Paid Sick Time Proposals: On September 5, both legislative chambers approved initiative petitions to raise the minimum wage to $12 - even for tipped workers - and require employers to provide paid sick time. The moves from the Legislature mean the two proposals will not be on the November ballot and Republicans could easily amend both with a simple majority. Neither initiative petition was given immediate effect, meaning the new laws will not take effect until 91 days after the Legislature adjourns for the year, putting the effective date likely sometime in March. It is expected the Republican majorities will amend the proposals later this year.

Under the proposals, minimum wage would increase to $12 by 2022 and then increase with inflation and tipped workers would be phased into 100 percent of the minimum wage by 2024. The paid sick leave proposal requires employers to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked for up to 72 hours per year.

 

Marshall Plan Open to Submissions: Concept Summaries for Step 1 of the Marshall Plan for Talent innovation grant process are being accepted online now through September 19. Go to http://www.michigan.gov/MarshallPlan to get started. At this time, TED can no longer review draft concept summaries from a Talent Consortium seeking feedback. If your Concept Summary is not approved to move on to Step 2, your Talent Consortium will receive feedback that you may use to reapply during the next phases of funding if you wish to do so. You may use the Concept Summary Instructions as a guide to help you through the online submission process.

 

State Grant Program for Sexual Assault Prevention: Applications are being accepted from all Michigan colleges and universities for a slice of $1 million in grant funding to support ongoing efforts to reduce sexual assaults on campuses across Michigan. This is the fourth year of grant funding through the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program. The deadline for applications is October 8.

 
 

 

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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