Bob Kefgen's blog
Lame duck 2016 is in the books and it was a reasonably successful one for MASSP and the education community. Two major initiatives that could have cost schools millions of dollars—MPSERS reform and an income tax shift—both came up short. And several other education bills that did pass did so either with the support of the education community or only after the concerns of the education community were addressed. Here's the rundown…
Lame duck lesson #1: just because something has been declared dead doesn't mean it can't get up and start walking again, so it's too soon to celebrate despite some good news this week.
Two weeks down, one to go. And while only a few issues have made it across the finish line, there is still plenty outstanding and the clock hasn't run out yet. Let's review the last week's worth of activity and see where the still outstanding issues are standing.
Legislation to close the MPSERS system for new hires and move them into a 401k-style system passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee this past Wednesday by a one-vote margin and has yet to see a floor vote, though that could change quickly with the lame duck clock ticking.
Week one of lame duck is in the books and while MPSERS is certainly foremost in many people's minds, there are plenty of other issues at stake as the legislature wraps up its 2015-2016 session. An income tax proposal has surfaced that could end up costing schools hundreds of millions of dollars; seclusion/restraint legislation is still out there; zero tolerance reform is also a possibility. Lets walk down the list of what's happening so far this lame duck session.