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“Businesses in Michigan…How Do They Want to See Us Educate Our Children” was the agenda description for Wednesday’s meeting of the House Education Reform Workgroup. The committee heard presentations by a number of business owners, human resource personnel and the Grand Rapids Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Senate, House set to work on differences in SB 7
In a surprising move, the Senate took up the House version of Senate Bill 7 on Wednesday (their only session day this week), unanimously rejecting the House’s changes to the bill that would cap employer contributions to health insurance.
School funding was on today’s agenda of a state House education reform work group, a special, bipartisan panel that plans to meet weekly through the summer to consider substantial changes for public education.
Michigan universities will be able to consider race and gender, along with numerous other factors, in the admission process, following a ruling last week from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
As if we need another reminder that elections have consequences, the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday reversed its earlier decision on payroll deduction of PAC contributions by public employees, deciding that doing so breaks state campaign finance law.
Late Thursday, the state House revised and passed Senate Bill 7, legislation dealing with public employee health care.
The House passed the bill with the minimum 56 votes required. Rep. Tim Melton, D-Auburn Hills, cast the deciding vote. (See how your representative voted.)
Votes by lawmakers to take collective bargaining rights from public employees and make sweeping changes to teacher tenure will fuel grassroots efforts by voters in many communities who question whether their elected leaders deserve to remain in office.
Lawmakers did not come to a final agreement on competing plans dealing with public employee health care prior to the Senate adjourning for its summer break.
Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign legislation that passed this evening to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights and dismantle teacher tenure.
With hundreds of teachers and education support professionals looking on from the gallery above the legislative chamber, the GOP-led Senate passed the four-bill package. House Bills 4625-4628 previously passed in the House.
"This is a shameful day in Michigan," said Sen. John Gleason, D-Flushing, who opposed the bills.
A small group today announced plans to push so-called "right-to-work" laws in Michigan.