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Senate Moves School Aid Budget As Conference Looms
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

A significant divide remains between Senate Democrats and Republicans even as the chamber passed its budget bills Wednesday, with the majority calling their proposals a well-rounded set of priorities while the minority decried what they called excessive, unsustainable spending.

Data Center Tax Credit Bill Gets Bipartisan Senate Passage
Thursday, May 9, 2024

Members of the Senate took a step toward the creation of a sales and use tax exemption for enterprise data centers Thursday through a bipartisan vote on an amended bill to establish the proposed credit.

Senate GOP Amendments Rejected By Dems As Budget Votes Begin
Thursday, May 9, 2024

More than two dozen Republican floor amendments were rejected Thursday by the Senate Democratic majority as it began wading through budget bills, passing nine of its 15 budgets.

Heated Debate On Campus Protests, DEI Mark Higher Ed Budget Vote
Thursday, May 9, 2024

The partisan gulf over ongoing college campus protests over the Israel-Hamas conflict and university diversity, equity and inclusion programs led to a sharply worded, angry floor debate Thursday prior to Senate passage of its higher education budget.

Senate Begins Passing Budgets, MDARD Gets Bipartisan Support
Thursday, May 2, 2024

Some bipartisan effort highlighted business Thursday in the Senate as it began the process of moving their slate of appropriations bills, with members of both parties acknowledging work on an amendment to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development budget.

Prevailing Wage Expansion Clears Divided Senate
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The Senate voted Wednesday along party lines for legislation that would require renewable energy projects without state funding to pay the prevailing wage over objections from Republicans who said the changes were a slippery slope in expanding the prevailing wage beyond public projects.

Senate GOP Introduces 'Grow MI State' Plan
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Senate Republicans introduced an economic package that would restore Michigan's right to work law and cut state regulations, moves the caucus said would help spur growth and prosperity and reverse what they called damaging policy decisions passed under the current Democratic majority.

Approps Panels Move Budgets
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The House and Senate Appropriations Committee s on Wednesday moved eight budgets each to their respective chamber floors.

Senate Passes Mandatory Kindergarten Bill
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Legislation that would make kindergarten mandatory for 5-year-olds passed the Senate Tuesday largely along party lines following floor debate on the necessity of the proposal.

Albert Wants MPSERS Funding Floor Data Made Public
Thursday, April 4, 2024

A Republican senator is asking the head of the Office of Retirement Services to make public information on the timing and process it underwent to separate two areas of unfunded liability for the state's public school employee retirement system.

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