Lame Duck Waddles to Last Day
Act now on latest funding raid and union release time
Both the House and Senate adjourned early on Wednesday (by Lame Duck standards) without any action on issues MEA is monitoring. Thursday, the last scheduled day of session for the year, promises to be a long day/evening.
Your contacts to legislators have been a huge help in stopping many bills from moving throughout Lame Duck. Please take the time to contact lawmakers on two key remaining issues that may see action on Thursday:
1) New Raid Proposed on School Aid Fund
Michigan’s School Aid Fund should be getting $180 million in new funding from online sales tax revenue – but a new proposal would divert that money away from schools to road and environmental projects.
The loss of these new funds – which would work out to about $120 per student – misses an opportunity to close the nearly $2,000 per pupil gap in K-12 funding determined by the School Finance Research Collaborative’s adequacy study.
MEA has produced charts showing the potential funding lost for school districts given current pupil counts – and have calculated how much that means in every State House and State Senate district.
Contact your legislator and share those district figures with them – urge them to vote against this new funding scheme.
2) Keep Union Release Time Bills from Passing in House
SB 795-796, which aim to eliminate union release time for public employees, remain on the House floor.
By banning public employee union officials from representing their members and collaborating with administrators during normal business hours, it will be harder for working people to negotiate a fair return on our work, with strong wages and good benefits. These shortsighted bills will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and make state and local government less efficient and less effective.
Your contacts have kept these bills at bay in the House so far – make one more contact to your State Representative today to urge they remain opposed to SB 795-796..