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2020

February

We are in the midst of the first quarter of an election year, practically the last time state legislators are going to pass anything controversial like raising taxes...

January

The Legislature broke for the winter holidays on December 19 amid a flurry of activity to settle many of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget disputes. The legislative session resumes on January 8, 2020...

2019

December

The Legislature’s last day before its holiday break is December 19 with plans to return January 8, 2020...

November

Governor Whitmer has appointed SERA member Lauri Schmidt of Williamston to the State of Michigan Retirement Board which provides oversight of the state employee’s pension fund...

October

The talk of the town is the GOP-controlled legislature waiting until the last minute to send the Governor FY2020 budget bills and then the Governor’s bold budget vetoes. However, there was plenty of other news in the last month...

September

The Michigan Senate returned on August 27 and the Michigan House on the day following, ending its 9-week summer “district work.”...

August

The legislature remained adjourned during July while news outlets reported snippets of information about quiet budget talks among legislative and executive branch leaders. Each chamber has passed a proposed budget...

July

For the last 8 years, the GOP-led Michigan legislature finished the budget in mid-June, the Republican Governor signed it promptly, and everyone left for the summer. This year with a GOP-led legislature and a Democratic Governor disagreeing on budget priorities...

June

May saw continued movement of appropriation bills, conclusive activity on auto no-fault insurance reform, and the legislative and executive branch leadership decamping to Mackinac Island for the...

May

The Governor is still traveling the state touting her budget and policy priorities; the GOP-led legislative appropriation committees are moving their bills without her 45 cent gas tax increase, and a federal court decision rocked the capitol this month...

April

The Michigan Legislature was on spring recess for two weeks in late March and early April giving Governor Whitmer extra time to travel the state and pitch her proposed budget and policy priorities...

March

Highlights since our last report are the Governor’s budget presentation, hearings on pension tax repeal, and legislative committees finally beginning to move from...

February

Because of the polar vortex visiting Michigan just after Martin Luther King Day, all three branches of state government were either shut down or operating with fewer staff...

January

Happy New Year and welcome to the beginning of a new legislative session, the 100th Legislature in Michigan history, with a new Governor...

2018

December

At this writing we are in the midst of Lame Duck session, a time when high priority and some surprise new bills emerge because the 99th Legislature ends December 31...

November

With the mid-term election over, Michigan’s officeholders can get down to the business of governing...

October

On November 6 we will be selecting a new Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and voting in contested races for the...

September

As predicted, the scheduled August 15 legislative session was an administrative formality without attendance taken or any voting as most were busy on the campaign trail. However the scheduled September 5 and 6 sessions were very active...

August

Neither the Michigan House nor Senate met on July 25 as previously scheduled. The House chambers were under construction on that day and the Senate announced it would not take role or any votes...

July

Although the legislative schedule called for the legislative summer recess to begin June 21, the legislature decided to go home June 12 after it took final action on the two budget bills...

June

The House and Senate began their summer break June 12, earlier than planned. They will meet one day in July, one day in August and return...

May

Both chambers have now passed budgets, but both chambers make major changes to what Republican Gov. Rick Snyder recommended in February...

April

The Michigan Legislature was on spring break beginning March 23 through April 9, but there was still plenty of political news to report since...

March

After the Governor’s proposed budget was released in early February, the House and Senate appropriations committees began their hearings...

February

The two biggest stories around the capitol in January and early February were tax cuts, the FY 17-18 budget, and the MSU sexual assault scandal...

January

The Michigan House and Senate adjourned December 13 with the announced intention to return for 2018 on January 10...

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