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Posted on 02.12.2018 Under Legislative, Recent Post

Judy Augenstein, Legislative Consultant

In Governor Rick Snyder’s first budget proposal for the 2011-12 fiscal year, he focused on what was the most significant change in taxes and financial structures in nearly two decades.  Governor Snyder’s budget proposal this week took a completely different approach, stressing more the need for improving services for the state and its people.  Snyder contends that every dollar spent in the budget request reflects services aimed at making citizen’s lives better.

Governor Snyder includes one of the largest increases in per pupil funding in the state’s history, a small increase in general welfare benefits which itself is the first such increase in a decade, more funding for the state’s highways and an increased effort to boost technical training.  Snyder took a strict tone towards the state’s debt status.  He pointed out that several of his proposals did not incur any new debt in Michigan.

The Governor urged legislators to continue paying Michigan’s debt down at the same schedule they are now doing so that the person who is elected Governor in 2018 will not have to address a state with debt.  Snyder proposed the state pay cash and bond $112 million for ongoing renovations at the Capitol and new veterans homes.  Governor Snyder’s budget included some items he unveiled last week.  Snyder proposed an increase in the tipping fee to replace the soon to be depleted Clean Michigan Initiative bond monies approved in 1998 and a fee on water system users to provide a source for water infrastructure needs and another $26 million for Flint, mostly to pay for the replacement of lead service lines.

SB 763, sponsored by Senator Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba modifies allowable expenditures relative the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  The bill has received one hearing by the Senate Natural Resources Committee as did companion Senate Joint Resolution “O”. All testifying on behalf of the bill and resolution registered positions of support or neutral, no opposition was registered.

HB 4464, sponsored by Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona was presented to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature on February 6.  The bill allows a multiple use permit for haulers mirrored after Wisconsin law.  The Governor has 14 days from February 6 to sign the bill, on the 15th day it will automatically become law without his signature.  MDOT supports the bill and is expected to recommend to Snyder he sign the bill into law.  Following his signature, it will become effective 30 days after it is signed.  I will notify you when the bill is signed into law…

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