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Senate Reports Budget Recommendations: On March 22, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges reported its budget recommendations for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Community colleges would see a 1 percent increase, totaling $3.2 million. Of that amount, $1.8 million was put through the traditional funding formula, benefitting all 28 colleges. The remaining $1.4 million was split among 11 colleges to ensure that every college sees at least a 2.5 percent increase from the current year when combining the funds resulting from the Personal Property Tax situation and the funds the subcommittee added in the budget. The Senate Subcommittee concurred with the Governor's recommendation to reinstate funding for the Independent Part Time Student Grant, and with the funding recommended for upgrades to the Michigan Transfer Network. The budget, Senate Bill 134, now goes to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.


Open Meetings Change Deadlocks: The House Oversight Committee took testimony last week on House Bill 4184 (Theis), which would generally require members of a public body to be physically present in order to vote during an open meeting. However, went the Committee attempted to vote on HB 4184, the vote was tied and the Committee failed to report the bill. It is not immediately clear what the future of HB 4184 will be.


House Committee Examines Tax Incentives: The House Tax Policy Committee continued to take testimony last week on Senate Bills 111 - 115, which would allow for the creation of "Transformational Brownfield Plans" (TBP). The plans would allow for the capture of income taxes and sales and use taxes, in additional to the current permitted capture of property taxes, for certain eligible uses associated with an approved brownfield plan agreement. The Committee did not vote on the bills.


Merit Curriculum Changes Considered: This coming week, the House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development will look at several bills that would make changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Of particular note to community colleges, House Bill 4318 (Howell) would allow a student to take a statistics course in place of the current Algebra 2 requirement.




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Community College Act of 1966


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