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Michigan New Jobs Training Program: As expected, this past Tuesday the Senate Education Committee took testimony and reported out Senate Bills 69 - 71, which make our desired changes to the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. We anticipate that the bills will likely be before the full Senate for consideration this week. Many thanks to those of you who have already share your support with Senators in recent days and weeks. Please continue to share your support for Senate Bills 69 - 71 with all your Senators if you have not already done so. MCCA staff have already begun meeting with House members in anticipation of the bill moving quickly once it crosses to that chamber. 

 

Budget Hearings Begin:Both the House and Senate Appropriations Community Colleges subcommittees commenced hearings this week on Governor Snyder's FY 2016 Budget recommendations. Committee members have focused particular interest on the Governor's proposed changes to the performance funding formula, the proposed reinstatement of the part-time student grants, and transfer of credits. A more detailed analysis of changes proposed in the budget is available on the MCCA website. This coming Thursday, both the Senate and House subcommittees will meet jointly at Lansing Community College.

On a related note...the House of Representatives this week approved a supplemental budget bill, House Bill 4110 (Pscholka), to address shortfalls in the current fiscal year budget. The supplemental will shift all current year community college funding to the School Aid Fund. HB 4110 now goes to the Senate for further consideration. 

 

Senate Finance Considers Loan Tax Credit: The Senate Finance Committee heard testimony last week on Senate Bill 57 (Hertel), which would allow a graduate of a Michigan college or university to claim a Michigan income tax credit of up to 50% of the value of loan payments he or she made, for up to five years after earning a degree. Although the Committee did not act on SB 57, Chairman Brandenburg announced his intent to consider all options for inducing more people to stay in Michigan. The MCCA does not have a position on SB 57. 

 

House Learns About MPSERS: New members of the House Financial Liability Reform Committee took testimony last week from the House Fiscal Agency about the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS). Several legislators in both the House and Senate have expressed an interest in pursuing further reforms to MPSERS this session, although Governor Snyder has maintained that the up-front costs associated with closing MPSERS altogether make it prohibitively expensive. 

 

January Revenues Exceed Forecast: Revenue from Michigan's General Fund and School Aid Fund earmarked taxes, as well as lottery net revenue, totaled $2.2 billion in January 2015, up 12.5% from 2014 levels and above estimates for the month, the Senate Fiscal Agency determined in its monthly revenue report. January tax collections were about $177.3 million above levels expected in the January Revenue Consensus Estimating Conference due largely to above-forecast Michigan Business Tax collections. Net revenue from the MBT was negative $6 million, but the loss was $91.2 million less than expected. The Corporate Income Tax accounted for another $41.7 million. General Fund collections were $136.5 million above levels expected for January and School Aid Fund tax collections were $36.4 million above forecasts. 

 

2015 Michigan Governor's Economic and Education Summits: The two Summits are being combined into a single 2 day event, March 2 - 3, 2015 at the Marriott Detroit at the Renaissance Center. Career Technical Education (CTE) is the focus of the 2015 event. Click here for more information, and here to register.  

 

Business Leaders for Michigan Leadership Summit: The Summit is scheduled for March 26 from 8am-noon at the Lansing Center. To register for this no-cost event, please click here.  

 

 

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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