MCCA Lansing Legislative Summit on January 30, 2019: Please join us for this hands-on advocacy day for community colleges to bring presidents, trustees, senior administrators, and students to Lansing. Please make appointments to meet with your legislators as part of the Summit if you have not done so already. As a reminder, you will need photo ID to visit legislative offices. To register for the event at no cost, please click here.

100Th Michigan Legislature Sworn In: The 2019-2020 legislative session officially began on Wednesday at noon. The House elected its leadership for the new session - Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) was elected as Speaker of the House, Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) was chosen as Majority Floor Leader and Rep. Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) as Speaker Pro-Tempore. For the Democrats, Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) was chosen as Minority Leader and Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) as Minority Floor Leader. The names of committees have been announced, but the committee members and chairs are not expected to be shared until later this month.

The Senate also formalized the leadership teams in each caucus. Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) was chosen as the Majority Leader, Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) as Majority Floor Leader and Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) as President Pro-Tempore. Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist serves as the President of the Senate, but only casts a vote in the case of a tie. Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) will remain the Senate Minority Leader and Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) will serve as the Minority Floor Leader.

The Senate has announced committee chairs but not the individual members of the committees.

Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference: The biannual  Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference took place on Friday, January 11. 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. For the balance of the current fiscal year, the conference forecasts total revenues of $24.25 billion, up by $260 million from the May consensus, with $10.7 billion in the General Fund and $13.5 billion for the SAF. For 2019-20, total revenues are anticipated to total $24.64 billion, with $10.71 billion in GF and $13.9 billion in SAF. In terms of the state's economic forecast, officials expect continued but slower growth.

State of the State Address February 5: Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her first State of the State address to a joint session of the Michigan Legislature in the state House Chambers on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00p.m. More details will be available on the Governor's website closer to the event.

 

 

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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