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Karoub Report – April 2019

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: April 23, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she will not sign any Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 spending plan that doesn’t include road-funding after House and Senate Republicans ranked road funding third on their 2019 session priority list behind auto-insurance reform and the budget; According to House Judiciary Chair Representative Graham Filler (R-DeWitt), “…there is nothing in writing yet but ‘two or three’ plans are being kicked around that do not include Gov. Whitmer’s new formula for distributing new road dollars… and it is not going to include the 45-cent gas tax hike…”; Nearly 75 percent of residents responding to a recent poll are opposed to the 45-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase to “fix the damn roads”; The three branches of state government are joining together in a state task force to focus on jail and pretrial incarceration, with the goal of improving the effectiveness of the front end of Michigan’s justice system, according to an executive order signed by the Governor; She also unveiled two tuition-free programs in her first State of the State address and budget proposal. One provides free community college for graduating seniors and those over 25 years old, earning good grades and completing the process in a timely manner. The other provides scholarship funding based on good grades and personal income which could be applied to a four-year college or university; The Michigan Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for July 17 to consider the House and Senate’s requests for an opinion on whether the Legislature can amend two citizen-initiated laws during the same session they were adopted in, after the Legislature did that to the minimum wage and paid sick time ballot proposals; Saying the Line 5 tunnel law provisions go beyond the scope of what was disclosed in its title, Attorney General Dana Nessel has given her opinion that the oil pipeline law is unconstitutional. Gov. Whitmer issued an executive directive barring state departments and agencies from doing anything more related to the law. For more information about these and other legislative issues, please click on the April 2019 Karoub Report link below.

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