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Karoub Report – January 2019

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: January 4, 2019

The GOP-controlled 99th Legislature adjourned after an oft-times contentious lame duck session that included passage of several controversial pieces of the legislation and an all-night session;
Among the several bills Gov. Rick Snyder signed at the end of his administration was a $1.3 billion spending bill that includes $69 million for
the Renew Michigan Fund for hazardous waste sites, a new revenue stream ($114 million in FY 2019 and $143 million in FY 2020) for roads, $19.3 million to fight PFAS and $40 million for a new Capitol Visitor Center at the Capitol. Gov. Snyder also vetoed a total of 56 bills in his final days of office; Karoub Associates lobbyist Emily Laidlaw was named Policy Director for Governor Whitmer’s Administration. Laidlaw has been a key lobbyist with Karoub and has been instrumental in developing Karoub’s Education Practice; Gov. Whitmer named the state’s new Budget Director, Treasurer and appointed several new state department Directors including Col. Joseph Gasper as Director of the Michigan State Police; Efforts to make all limited access expressways 75 miles per hour and all non-city highways 65 miles per hour passed the Senate, but the legislation was defeated in the House; A last ditch effort by Detroit developer Dan Gilbert to revive no-fault auto insurance reform went nowhere fast as they failed to make it out of the Legislature during the last day of the lame duck session. For more on these and other legislative news, please click on the January 2019 Karoub Report below.

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