MCCA Supports Governor's Proposals: This week the MCCA Board of Directors made a strong statement in favor of several of the Governor's proposals. The Board unanimously voted in favor of the following position:

  • Support the Governor's statewide attainment goal of 60 percent college attainment by the year 2030.
  • Support the Governor's proposed MI Reconnect and MI Opportunity Scholarship programs.
  • Be involved in the design and implementation process of an integrated and state funded system of supporting resources and policies to achieve the attainment goal.
  • Continue to play a leadership role to increase the state's educational attainment level.

Appropriations Subcommittee Testimony Continues: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education and Community Colleges continued testimony this week, hearing from the MCCA, the Michigan Association of State Universities, and Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities.

As well, the Senate continued its hearing process this week with testimony from the Michigan Association of State Universities and Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities.

Minimum Wage Increase Changes Take Effect March 29: The increase in Michigan's minimum wage from $9.25 per hour to $9.45 per hour takes effect Friday, March 29, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Wednesday in a release. Under the changes, employers will still be able to pay minors age 16 and 17 at a rate of 85 percent of the minimum wage, with the rate increasing from $7.86 per hour to $8.03 per hour. The training wage that may be paid to new hires during the first 90 days of employment remains unchanged for employees age 16 to 19 a wage of $4.25 per hour.

The 38 percent rate for tipped employees effective March 29 increases from $3.52 per hour to $3.59 per hour.

Legislature Heads Into Spring Break: The House and Senate both adjourned Thursday for a legislative spring break. Both chambers will return to their normal session schedule the week of April 8.

Bills to Watch: See a quick list of all the bills relevant to community colleges on the MCCA website.

 
 

 

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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