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MPSERS Changes Become Law: This week, after some suspense, Governor Snyder signed into law  Senate Bill 401 (Pavlov), which will place new public school employees into a defined contribution (DC) retirement plan as the default, with an option to select a hybrid defined benefit (DB) plan if they chose to do so. The bill was a compromise that leaves the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) open, while limiting the investment risk to the state. SB 401 now becomes Public Act 92 of 2017.


Educational Access Instruction Act: Also this week, Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 249 (Shirkey), which would prohibit educational institutions - including community colleges - from placing deed restrictions on property such that another school could not use the property, and would prohibit a local government from enforcing zoning limitations that would have the same effect. SB 249 is now Public Act 98 of 2017.


State Authorization Reciprocity Extended: In addition, on Thursday Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 260 (Hildenbrand), which extends the sunset date of the Higher Education Authorization and Distance Education Reciprocal Exchange Act by six years. The act was currently set to expire on September 30, 2017, while the bill makes the new sunset September 30, 2023. SB 260 is now Public Act 99 of 2017.


June Tax Collections Up Significantly: The Department of Treasury raked in $169.6 million more than the Senate Fiscal Agency (SFA) estimated for June, in large part due to lower-than-expected Michigan Business Tax (MBT) refunds. The SFA's Monthly Revenue Report shows revenue from Michigan's General Fund and School Aid Fund earmarked $2.2 billion in taxes in June 2017, up 15.8% from June 2016. Revenue collections earmarked to the General Fund in June 2017 were $125.2 million above expectations, and School Aid Fund tax collections were $40.4 million above the forecasted level. 




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