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$4.3 Billion Supplemental Passed

Jun 18, 2021

A bill appropriating over $4 billion in federal funding was passed by the Senate this week. The majority of the available funds were part of federal American Rescue Plan dollars, sent to states to use with some discretion, in response to the ongoing pandemic and the impact on students. Funding within the plan includes: $3.3 […]

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Bill Passed Extending Budget Deadline

Jun 18, 2021

The Senate passed legislation introduced by Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Senator Jim Stamas (R-Midland) changing the implementation date for the budget deadline. Two years ago, as part of the budget process, a July 1 deadline was enacted requiring the legislature to pass and present the budget to the governor by July 1, beginning in 2020. […]

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House and Senate Pass Budget Bills

May 14, 2021

This week, the House and Senate passed their respective versions of the state budget bills for the upcoming 2022 Fiscal Year, moving the state one step closer to having a finalized budget. Many of the budgets were passed along partisan lines and are in contrast to what Governor Gretchen Whitmer had recommended. This will necessitate […]

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2021-2022 Budget Timeline

May 11, 2021

MLC lobbyist Craig Ryan has put together a budget document outlining the estimated dates for each step in the process of completing the upcoming fiscal year state budget. This document will walk you through the steps of finalizing the budget prior to the new fiscal year, beginning on October 1, 2021. While both chambers have […]

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Legislature Moves Budgets Forward

May 11, 2021

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees reported budgets bills this week as the legislature continues to work to complete budgets for the upcoming 2021-2022 Fiscal Year, beginning on October 1, 2021. The Senate Appropriations Committee reported all 17 budgets on Wednesday, during which they considered over 100 amendments. However, a majority of those budgets remained […]

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Senate Appropriations Committee Reports Supplemental Funding

May 11, 2021

Legislation appropriating supplemental funding to aid in the state’s response to the pandemic, to help local units of government with local road repairs, and restoring school funding previously vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, was reported by the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. The first bill, introduced by Appropriations Committee Chair Jim Stamas (R-Midland), appropriates $4.4 […]

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Legislature Moves Budgets Forward

Apr 23, 2021

House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees began reporting the budget bills within their purview this week. Most notably, several House subcommittees chose to appropriate on a quarterly basis, instead of the traditional method of appropriating for the entire fiscal year. Chairs of those subcommittees stated this would allow for better oversight on appropriated funds. However, some […]

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Legislature Sends Vetoed Spending to Governor

Mar 19, 2021

This week, the House and Senate approved of legislation appropriating COVID-19 of relief funding. The bills contain reallocated funding that was vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer last week. Funding within the bills include: $300 million in grants to offset property tax payments for affected homeowners and businesses. $150 million for the Unemployment Trust Fund. $55 […]

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