This week, the first budget was reported by an Appropriations Subcommittee, to the full Appropriations Committee. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges reported their recommendations for the upcoming 2017-2018 Fiscal Year. Most significantly, when Governor Rick Snyder presented his executive budget recommendations in February, he did not include an increase to community college operations funding. However, the Senate Subcommittee included a 1% increase in their budget proposal. Of the additional $3,158,900 funding increase, $1.4 million are adjustments from payments more than the calculated loss from the Personal Property Tax (PPT) changes, and $1.8 million to be distributed through the performance indicators review formula. When you factor in overpayments from PPT replacement funds and the additional funding from the subcommittee, all community colleges would receive a 2.5% increase. Overall, the budget is an increase of 1.4% from the current fiscal year. “It is anticipated that all budgets will be reported from Appropriations Subcommittees by the end of next week, with the exception of the Health and Human Services budget which typically takes longer due to the size and nature of that department,” stated Sean Mann of MLC.
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