This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Snyder and legislative leadership announced that they had reached a conceptual agreement on both a bill to make further changes to the MPSERS system and a plan for spending the $495 million that the legislature set aside to pay for MPSERS reform. Forty-eight hours later, an identical pair of MPSERS bills (HB 4647 and SB 401) had passed both the House and Senate on very close votes (in the House especially, the final tally was 55-52, with supporters garnering the bare minimum of votes necessary to pass the legislation). The legislation has many nuances and will take time to fully parse, but the outline of major provisions in MASSP's article published earlier this week has been updated to reflect the legislation that passed both chambers and provides an accurate, if high-level, overview of the bill. One more vote is necessary to finalize the MPSERS changes and the budget process remains unfinished, so both the House and Senate will need to return next week to finalize both issue. Until budgets are finalized next week, we will not know for sure either what schools can expect for funding in the 2017-18 school year or what final agreement was reached on the disposition of the $495 million that remains unspent.