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Karoub Report – July 2017

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: July 17, 2017

The contentious teacher pension reform bill (SB 401) that gives school instructors a more enticing 401(k) option, but makes the pension option less attractive, has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. “A travesty” is how the Michigan Education Association described the new law; Snyder vetoed $6.37 million in line items before signing the $56.5 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2018 that begins Oct. 1, 2017; “Good Jobs” tax package passes both chambers; the Department of Environmental Quality filed suit against the City of Flint asking a federal judge to force the city to agree to remain with the Great Lakes Water Authority, the formal name of Detroit’s water system, because Flint City Council is refusing to do so; the Senate is not taking aim, at least not yet, on four bills (HBs 4416-4419) that would eliminate the need to get a special license to carry a concealed firearm; former Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Young, Jr. officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Debbie Stabenow (D-Delta Township) and Saginaw’s Dr. Jim Hines is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor in 2018. These issues and more are highlighted in the July 2017 Karoub Report.


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