Kid Rock is back in the U.S. Senate race for Michigan – this time stumping for another candidate – John James. From MIRS News:
“Republican U.S. Senate candidate John JAMES announced today Kid ROCK will attend his 6 p.m. June 12 campaign rally at Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace along with Rob O’NEILL, a combat veteran and bestselling author.”
Kid Rock is the latest draw for James. Just last week, he touted he was the only candidate endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan and National Right to Life. His opponent, Sandy Pensler, previously ran for Congress as a ‘pro-choice’ candidate and, thus, could not gain their endorsement.
Also another interesting story happening today in Michigan – the State Senate and State House are putting the final touches on the budget. They are nearly done with the entire thing except for a few issues also noted by MIRS News. Here’s the key differences in where the budget started and where it is now – prior to its final passage.
“Lawmakers still made some key changes in “The Big Bus” and “The School Bus” from where the Governor started originally. Below are the biggest items of difference:
1. $5.8 million in statutory revenue sharing payments to local governments was put back in by lawmakers, who hear about the decreasing level of state support to cities, villages and townships by their local elected officials all the time. Snyder thought the extra money the locals are getting through the Personal Property Tax (PPT) replacement formula would be good enough. For the second straight year, the Legislature said, “No, it’s not.”
Counties are also getting an extra $1 million extra for debt, pension and OPED liabilities. That’s outside of the $2.2 million the governor originally cut from the counties that the Legislature brought back (See “Chunk Of Local Revenue Sharing Money Must Go To Debt, Retirement Costs,” 6/7/18).
2. More than $900 million is being transferred from the School Aid Fund to cover expenses in the flat $10 billion General Fund. The Governor had already recommended that all of the $400 million to community colleges was coming from the SAF, but the Legislature upped the ante in the Higher Education budget, bumping up Snyder’s $385 million to $500 million, a record transfer.
3. The governor’s $4.75-a-ton tipping fee may pass in lame duck under a smaller dollar amount, but two months before a primary election isn’t the time to ask Republicans to push through any type of fee increase, even if the proceeds go to cleaning up contaminated sites. The current .36-a-ton fee is going to stay for now as legislators use $25 million of General Fund money to tackle vapor intrusion and PFAS contamination for FY ’19 (See “Snyder Landfill Fee Dumped In DEQ Conference Report,” 5/30/18).
4. The Governor’s $68 million School Aid Fund cut that rolled back payments to public schools for shared-time instruction to private schoolers, home-schoolers and other non-district students didn’t go anywhere. Snyder also wanted a $25 million cut to what the state sets aside for cyber schools. The Legislature hit the “delete” button on that one, too.
5. A second prison outside of the West Shoreline Correctional Facility will close in the midst of FY ’19, which isn’t what the Department of Corrections put on the table. But with declining inmate numbers showing the closure was doable and Sen. John PROOS (R-St. Joseph) swallowing hard on agreeing to bring prison food service back in house, the administration had to give on something substantial (See “Corrections Conference Calls For Mid-Year Prison Closure,” 6/5/18).
6. With the stink of Larry NASSAR still heavy over the Legislature, lawmakers tied a 10 percent penalty in state aid to those universities that don’t fully comply with Title IX requirements and sexual assault reporting mandates (See “Higher-Ed Settling For 2% Spending Hike,” 6/7/18).
7. Faced with ballooning autism reimbursement costs, lawmakers created a fee schedule for autism service reimbursement and reduced the behavioral technician rate by 10 percent to $50 an hour. This type of cost control was not in the Governor’s budget. He wanted $200 million for next year for autism services. The Legislature gave this line item a $34.6 million cut (See “Autism Reimbursement Rates Cut As Caseloads, Costs Rise,” 6/7/18).
8. Another 25 Michigan State Police troopers were added to the budget outside of the 130 Snyder recommended (See “MSP Gets 155 New Officers In Next Year’s Budget,” 6/5/18).
9. Snyder wanted $20 million for a rural broadband initiative, but until a commission comes back this fall with some spending recommendations, the Legislature doesn’t have the appetite to authorize the spending.
10. The Governor’s idea of the state taking $15.3 million from what indigent defendants pay local courts for their legal representation was reduced to $2 million after the Senate upped the $46 million General Fund payment to the agreed-upon $84.1 million (See “Indigent Defense Funding Bill Gets Senate Panel OK,” 6/6/18).
11. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) won’t be able to issue any administrative rules until after a permanent superintendent is selected by the Board of Education. The board is operating with an interim until after the Nov. 6 elections. The move comes after the recent death of Brian WHISTON.”
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