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Karoub Report – September 2019

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 24, 2019


The House GOP and Democrat leadership cut a deal to get the necessary votes on the Democratic side of the aisle to pass a $15.23 billion School Aid Fund (SAF) budget on a 91-18 vote. The Senate then passed the measure 21-16. It is expected that the Legislature will send Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the rest of the 15 FY 2020 spending bills as soon as Oct. 1 and she will exercise her line-item veto power to keep state government open beyond Oct. 1, but may scratch as many Republican spending priorities as possible to force them back to the negotiating table over money for road improvements and schools; An 11-bill local road funding package, HBs 4963 – 4973, was introduced and referred to the House Transportation Committee. The set of bills would allow counties to levy, after a vote of the people, their own registration fees or excise fuel taxes for roads; Gov. Whitmer offered three emergency rules banning all flavored vaping products from Michigan shelves. The orders came after Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun described youth vaping as a “public health emergency”; The House and Senate passed House Bill 4446, which limits how much a corporation or union can put toward fundraising events for a political action committee (PAC). The legislation is now headed to the Governor for her signature; Declaring that Michigan has one of the Midwest’s worst unemployment systems in terms of compensation and benefits, House Democrats have unveiled a 10-bill package of legislation which would restore the maximum weekly benefit rate indexing formula to 58 percent of the state average weekly wage and return the eligibility period from 20 to the standard 26 weeks. For more legislative news, click on the September 2019 Karoub Report below.


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