An education advocacy group said if state Superintendent Brian Whiston's vision for state assessments becomes reality, it'll move the state away from “its first honest and rigorous assessment system in two decades.”
One of the more contentious budget items in the Governor's budget message was a policy shift to fund cyber schools at 80 percent of the foundation allowance and directing the $22 million of the savings to high schools.
Audits released recently reported the state employees' retirement system is funded at 64.2 percent, while the public school employees system is funded at 60.5 percent.
One hundred and ten members of Sen. Arlan Meekhof's (R-West Olive) district signed a letter sent this week urging the Majority Leader to take up open records reform "without further delay."
In the hours that followed a marathon 12-hour session ending in a failure to pass Speaker Tom Leonard's (R-DeWitt) income tax cut was the talk of Lansing today with a focus on what it means for the nascent leader's future.
A measure to cut the 4.25 percent income tax to 3.9 percent as long as there's $1 billion in the rainy day fund failed to get the 55 votes needed for passage, 52-55, a dramatic failure after a 12-hour session marked by House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) working members off the floor all afterno
House Republican leadership worked furiously during today's House session to cobble together an income tax elimination plan that could pass.
Even if the state's income tax rate stays at 4.25 percent, state policymakers will -- in the not too distant future -- need to cut the budget or raise more money because of spending pressures and tax cuts already in motion, according to Mitch Bean of Great Lakes Economic Consulting.
The income tax rollback measure breezed out of committee on Wednesday, but ran smack dab into the middle of a strong headwind on the House floor.
A 40-year state income tax rollback that would cost the General Fund $1.1 billion in its first year moved out of the House Tax Policy Committee today without a firm plan on how to offset the lost revenue. The bill will not be taken up on the House floor Thursday, MIRS learned.