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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.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Despite legislators being back home for their so-called “in district work period,” this past week was not without legislative fireworks. A ruling last Monday by the Ingham Circuit Court at least temporarily blocks the union dues collection ban and has the potential to stymie most if not all legislative activity for the remainder of the year.

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

Senator Kahn created the biggest stir this week with the introduction of SB 1040, a bill to significantly overhaul the MPSERS system. Not to be outdone, the Senate K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee heard State Superintendent Mike Flanagan concede that, despite what it says in the Governor’s budget recommendation, the MEAP test is not an effective measure of growth.

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"View from the Capitol" Covers Retirement Reform, Cybers and More

This week I joined Peter Spadafore from MASB on “Views from the Capitol” to discuss the latest on cyber schools, the budget, and MPSERS reform. Because the webinar format for this program is interactive, we were able to answer viewers’ questions in real time while still making a recording of our presentation available for those who were not able to join us live.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Less)

Charter school representatives this week joined the chorus of voices telling the House and Senate School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee members that the MEAP cannot be used to measure growth.