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Supplemental Funding, Tax Reforms Signed Into Law

Mar 10, 2023

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed two pieces of legislation into law. The first bill, the Lowering MI Costs plan, phases out the retirement tax over four years and equalizes the exemption on both public and private pensions. Additionally, it increases the Working Families Tax Credit match of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit from […]

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Legislature Approves Large Supplemental

Mar 03, 2023

A $1.3 billion bipartisan supplemental funding bill will be headed to the governor after getting final legislative approval this week. The bill contains a $600 million incentive for a new EV battery plant targeted for Calhoun County, a $170 million deposit into the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR) Fund, $212 million for energy efficiency […]

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Legislature Moves Supplemental Funding

Jan 27, 2023

Following a series of negotiations, the House and Senate passed a $1.1 billion supplemental appropriation this week. The bill, introduced by Senate Appropriations Chair Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), makes several adjustments to the FY 2021-2022 budget that was signed last summer. As with any budget, this accounts for changes that were necessary throughout the year so […]

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Revenue Estimating Conference Held – Estimates Revised Up by Over One Billion Dollars

Jan 13, 2023

Today, the directors of the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies came together with State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks and State Budget Director Chris Harkins to reach a consensus for projected state revenue for the upcoming fiscal year. At the biannual Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) the principals heard testimony from various economic experts on the key […]

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Funding Announced to Increase Local Police Forces

Oct 21, 2022

$30 million would be available in grant scholarship funding to help local law enforcement agencies hire more police officers under a program announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The Public Safety Academy Assistance Program is a grant scholarship established to help address the need for additional police officers by reducing or eliminating the cost associated with […]

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Governor Signs Supplemental Funding

Oct 07, 2022

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation appropriating over one billion dollars toward economic development, education, and public safety. The majority of the spending will go to the Strategic Outreach and Reserve (SOAR) fund, with $496 million deposit into the fund for future economic investments ($206 million is re-appropriated from the prior year) and $350 million for […]

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Legislature Passes Large Supplemental

Sep 30, 2022

On Wednesday, the House and Senate approved of over one billion dollars in supplemental funding, with the goal of making meaningful investments in economic development, education, and public safety. Appropriations within the supplemental include: $846 million will go to the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR) fund, distributed in the following two ways: A $496 […]

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Changes Made to House Appropriations Committee Membership

Sep 30, 2022

A few changes were made this week to the membership of the House Appropriations Committee. Most notable, Representative Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) resigned as chairman of the committee. Speaker Jason Wentworth announced that vice chair, Representative Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Twp.) would step into the role of chair. She is serving her third and final term in the […]

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