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Reminder - Michigan New Jobs Training Program: On Wednesday, November 4, the House Appropriations Committee took testimony onSenate Bills 70 - 71. The bills would lift the current $50 million cap on the Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJTP) as well as extend the sunset on borrowing ability under the current law. Please contact your Representatives to express support for Senate Bills 70 and 71! MCCA staff are working to ensure that there is adequate support, but it is critical that Committee members hear from their colleges and local employers as well. The Committee is considering a vote on SB's 70 and 71 in early December.


Presidential Primary Elections: Last week, the House gave final approval to House Bill 4904 (McBroom), which would clarify that the presidential primary election every four years is a regular election date. Among other things, that change will allow ballot questions to accompany the primary ballot. In Michigan, the presidential primary is now set as the second Tuesday in March; in 2016 that falls on March 8. HB 4904 now goes to Governor Snyder for his signature.


Motorcycle Safety Fee Increase: On Tuesday, November 10, the full House of Representatives passed House Bill 4853 (Tedder), which would double the fee for motorcycle safety training courses in Michigan from $25 to $50. The course fee has not been increased in decades, and limits the level of training that providers can afford to offer. Seven of Michigan's community colleges currently provide motorcycle safety training.


Senate Moves Union Bills: Also on Tuesday, the Senate approved two bills with possible implications for community colleges. Senate Bill 279 (Knollenberg) would sunset the ability of Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) members to accrue pension time during professional services leave or release time, if the member reimburses the system for payments during that time. In addition, Senate Bill 280 would amend the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) to prohibit a public employer (including a community college) from entering contracts that pay union officials for time conducting union business.


MPSERS Review: Last week the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid held a hearing on the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS). The House Fiscal Agency provided testimony. Subcommittee chair Tim Kelly expressed his interest in ending or dramatically reforming MPSERS, however it was noted that closing the system would increase state costs in the short term, at a time when the state may already be facing increased costs to cover liability for the faltering Detroit Public School system.




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