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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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.

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This Week in State Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

An education policy bill had not passed the House for all of February or March and most of April, but that all changed this week. The House this week passed a whole host of legislation including its omnibus version of the K-12 budget for next year, a package of dual enrollment legislation, and a bill to raise the cap on cyber schools.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The budget process marches on as both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees reported their versions of the School Aid budget this week. The bills will likely come up for a vote by the full chamber this coming week before the process moves on to conference committee.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The legislature was on their second week of spring break last week, so there was no legislative session and only one committee hearing. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Retirement held a marathon six-hour hearing this week to take testimony on SB 1040, the MPSERS reform package. No votes were taken and the Senate has yet to commit to a timeline for moving the legislation beyond saying that they would like to have it move concurrently with the budgets because of its potential financial impact.