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2011 Senate Bill 183: Appropriations: 2011-2012 School Aid
  1. Introduced by Sen. Howard Walker (R) on February 22, 2011, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 School Aid budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 22, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on April 27, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on April 27, 2011, to adopt a version of this budget that expresses the fiscal and policy preferences of the Republican-majority in the Senate on various spending items and programs. For details see analysis from the non-partisan Senate Fiscal Agency. This was amended to strip out a provision that would have required school employees to pay at least 80 percent of the cost of their health insurance fringe benefits, or cap the school district’s share at $13,000; see also Senate Bill 7. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 27, 2011.
  2. Passed 19 to 19 in the Senate on April 27, 2011, the Senate version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-2012 school aid budget. This would appropriate $12.398 billion, compared to $12.863 billion enacted the previous year, and $12.173 billion recommended by Gov. Rick Snyder. The bill would reduce the per-pupil foundation grant by $170, compared to a $300 reduction recommended by the Governor. Among other changes the budget would eliminate $55 million in so-called "categorical" funding for specific items, and $175 million in full-day per pupil grants paid to districts for half-day kindergartners. A provision was stripped out that would have required school employees to pay at least 80 percent of the cost of their health insurance fringe benefits, or cap the school district’s share at $13,000. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley cast the tie-breaking vote when seven Republicans voted in opposition (Brandenburg, Green, Hansen, Hildenbrand, Jones, Nofs, Rocca).
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on April 28, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on April 28, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Chuck Moss (R) on May 12, 2011, to adopt a version of the bill replaces all the appropriations with $100 "placeholders". The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 12, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on May 12, 2011, to adopt a version of this budget that expresses the fiscal and policy preferences of the Democratic minority in the House on various spending items and programs. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on May 12, 2011.
  4. Passed 62 to 46 in the House on May 12, 2011, to "adopt" a version of the Senate Fiscal Year 2011-2012 school aid budget, but in fact replace all the appropriations with $100 "placeholders." This is essentially a means for sending the budget to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences. The House-passed versions of this budgets is shown here.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on May 12, 2011, to concur with a House-passed version of the bill. The vote sends the bill to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences. Passed 0 to 37 in the Senate on May 12, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Received in the Senate on May 25, 2011.
  7. Passed 21 to 16 in the Senate on May 25, 2011, the final House-Senate conference report for the 2011-2012 school aid budget. This would appropriate $12.659 billion, compared to $12.863 billion enacted the previous year, and $12.173 billion recommended by Gov. Rick Snyder. The House-passed version of this budget was in House Bill 4087.

    This bill would reduce the per-pupil foundation grant to schools by $300, as recommended by the Governor, but “give back” around $100 per pupil as a pension contribution subsidy, and another $100 if a school district adopts specified reforms including requiring employees to pay 10 percent of health insurance benefits, dropping the insurance company owned by the teacher’s union, bidding-out non-instructional services, consolidating some services, and more “transparency.” $175 million in full-day per pupil grants paid to districts for half-day kindergartners would be eliminated starting in 2012-2013, and $133 million is added to cover potential transition costs of a possible school employee pension reform.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Motion by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on May 25, 2011, to give the bill immediate effect. The motion passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on May 25, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Received in the House on May 25, 2011.

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