Bob Kefgen's blog
With final passage by the Senate expected Tuesday and no vetoes from Governor Snyder likely, this year’s School Aid budget is all but wrapped up. Though this gives schools some idea of what to expect for the coming year, with the MPSERS bill still sitting on the House floor, questions still linger about what next year will look like for schools.
After the Senate spent just under two months discussing and debating the MPSERS reform bill, the House jammed through their heavily amended version of SB 1040 in less than a week. If the pace wasn't enough to make your head spin, the House version took a complete right turn from the Senate bill, dumping the defined contribution provision in favor pre-funding retiree health care for current employees.
After a roller coaster session on Thursday, in which the MPSERS reform bill was heavily amended from its committee passed version, the Senate narrowly managed to move SB 1040 over to the House. The House is already slated to take the bill up first thing next week.
Personal Property Tax repeal was the big story for last week, but a deal that has been cut on the MPSERS reform bill and upcoming Tuesday hearing on the compromise language may be the bigger headline for most school employees. As reported by MASSP last week, the revised bill drops both the age 60 requirement for receiving retiree health coverage and retroactive application of graded health care subsidies.
A host of education bills that have been at a standstill in the House for months moved on to Governor Snyder’s desk this week. Chief among them were a package of dual enrollment eligibility changes and a raising of the cyber school cap. MHSAA was in the legislative and media spotlight as a Senate committee adopted a resolution urging a waiver to that association’s age limit rule.