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Session Note: Both the Senate and House of Representatives will convene for the 99th Legislature on Wednesday, January 11 at noon, as required by the Michigan Constitution. Neither Chamber has announced committee memberships for the year, but both have released their upcoming session schedules.

 

Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference: The biannual Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference has been scheduled for Thursday, January 12 at 9:00am. The conference, which sets the stage for the Executive Budget Recommendation in early February, includes the Michigan Department of Treasury, House and Senate Fiscal Agencies, and prominent state economists.

 

State of the State Address Scheduled: The Governor's annual State of the State address to the Legislature will take place on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00pm. We will keep you informed as details become available in advance of the speech.

 

Governor Signs Noncontiguous Annexation: On Wednesday, December 22, Governor Snyder signed into law House Bill 4265 (Price), which would allow for noncontiguous annexation to a community college district. Many thanks to all those who saw this bill through to passage - our sponsor Representative Price, Senate Education Committee Chair Senator Phil Pavlov, and all the colleges and supporters who came to testify in committee. HB 4265 is now Public Act 374 of 2016.

 

Minimum Wage Increase: On January 1, 2017, the state's minimum wage increased. Under PA 138 of 2014, the minimum will increase to $8.90 an hour from the current $8.50. For Michigan New Jobs Training Program Contracts, the threshold for jobs to qualify by meeting 175% of the state's minimum wage will rise to $15.58 per hour. More details on special rates and future increases are available from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

 

Governor Announces New Budget Director: Governor Rick Snyder announced the appointment of former Republican State Representative Al Pscholka, term-limited in 2016, to lead the budget office starting in February (see Crain's Detroit Business article).

 
 
 

 

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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