State Budget + Taxes

COMMENTARY

Column: Michigan has had a sea change in childcare

BY: - September 25, 2021

In less than a week, I will be retiring after more than three decades of working to improve public policy for Michigan children and families. And as I take one last look at the policy landscape before my personal role in it changes, I can unequivocally say that the appreciation of the importance of childcare […]

Foster care grads needed lawmakers’ help during COVID. That didn’t come until the last minute.

BY: - September 24, 2021

Michael Davis-Thomas has big plans.  The 24-year-old from Bay City wants to run for office — at first, for the state House or Senate and, ultimately, for president. But before he can fully dedicate himself to a life in politics, Davis-Thomas has to figure out how he’s going to afford the $2,000 he needs to […]

Whitmer praises Legislature for passing budget after ‘hard negotiation’

BY: - September 22, 2021

Shortly after the GOP-controlled Michigan Legislature finished passing the remainder of the $53 billion budget plan Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took the stage at the Mackinac Policy Conference and shared her own perspective on the budget bills that she plans to sign. Budget leaders from her office, the House and the Senate last […]

Last of FY ‘22 budget heads to Whitmer’s desk, vaccine, masks measures likely unenforceable

BY: and - September 22, 2021

With just over a week before the start of Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, both chambers of the Legislature finished on Wednesday passing remaining spending plans worth about $53 billion. They now head to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has said she’ll sign them. The legislative Conference Committees laid out the details of […]

Bipartisan FY ‘22 budget moves one step closer to completion

BY: - September 21, 2021

The GOP-led Legislature took a key step Tuesday toward completing the nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget, carving out money for criminal justice reform, education and a number of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s programs for workers.  The legislative Conference Committees unanimously approved both the Higher Education and General Government budgets and outlined the […]

New: State budget includes pay hike for some health care workers during pandemic

BY: - September 21, 2021

The nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget will include a temporary $2 hourly pay raise for direct care workers providing Medicaid-funded in-home behavioral health and long-term care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Advance has learned.  The budget also allocates $460 million to give a permanent $2.35 hourly raise to direct care […]

GOP leaders, Whitmer admin. announce FY ‘22 budget deal, details MIA

BY: - September 16, 2021

Updated, 12:15 p.m. 9/16/21 and 3:10 p.m. 9/17/21, with additional comments Budget leaders from Michigan’s executive office, House and Senate announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on the upcoming state budget for the new Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, but offered little in the way of what that budget will entail. There are 15 […]

Will university vaccine mandates hold up part of Michigan’s state budget?

BY: - September 13, 2021

Updated, 9:45 a.m., 9/14/21, with new comments from Gov. Whitmer’s office With only 18 days left to finalize the rest of the state budget before the new Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 begins, leaders tell the Advance they’re confident there will be a negotiated budget in time to avoid a government shutdown — but there is […]

Bills axing ‘tampon tax’ sail through House committee 

BY: - September 10, 2021

Two bills aimed at ending taxes on menstrual products on Thursday passed through the House Tax Policy Committee.  House Bill 5267, introduced by Rep. Bryan Posthumus (R-Cannon Twp.), and House Bill 4270, introduced by state Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods), would exempt menstrual products from the state’s sales tax and use tax, respectively.  Rep. Steve […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Michigan’s K-12 budget is a good first step, but kids deserve more in the future

BY: - September 9, 2021

My son started fifth grade last month, and many more kids around the state are starting school this week. Back to school season is always filled with excitement — learning new subjects and seeing friends — and anxiety.  Last year had a significant learning curve , filled with figuring out what “synchronous” and “asynchronous” meant, […]

Dems have pushed to end the ‘tampon tax’ for years. Now Republicans are warming to the idea.

BY: - September 1, 2021

For the past six years, Democratic state lawmakers in Michigan have introduced legislation that would end the sales and use tax on menstrual products.  But, each time the bills were introduced, they never garnered enough support from Republicans that the legislation would make it to the governor’s desk.  This year, state Reps. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper […]

State prepares for possible partial govt. shutdown on Oct. 1, despite ‘optimism’

BY: - August 29, 2021

After a budget impasse in 2019 between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the GOP-controlled Legislature that almost resulted in a partial state government shutdown, both sides agreed to get budgets wrapped earlier in the future. Whitmer signed legislation setting a July 1 target date to present budgets to the governor — three months before the start […]