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2011 House Bill 4526: 2011-2012 "Omnibus" State Budget

Public Act 63 of 2011

  1. Introduced by Rep. Chuck Moss (R) on March 28, 2011, to provide a template or "place holder" for a potential “omnibus” budget bill making appropriations for all or most state departments and programs for Fiscal Year 2011-2012.This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on March 28, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on April 28, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on May 4, 2011, a committee substitute with actual appropriations. This was defeated in favor a further substitute with minor changes from the committee version. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on May 4, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Chuck Moss (R) on May 4, 2011, to adopt a version of this budget that expresses the fiscal and policy preferences of the Republican-majority in the House on various spending items and programs. For details see analysis from the non-partisan House Fiscal Agency. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 4, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on May 4, 2011, to spend slightly less on senior nutrition programs. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 4, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jud Gilbert (R) on May 4, 2011, to declare as "the intent of the legislature" that the stare work with St. Clair County to investigate higher than normal cancer rates there. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 4, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on May 4, 2011, to "encourage" prison food service contractors to use food that is "grown or produced locally". The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 4, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Sharon Tyler (R) on May 4, 2011, to earmark 85 percent of selective corporate subsidies the bill proposes to "brownfield" and "historic preservation" incentives. The House approved Gov. Snyder’s plan to replace selective corporate tax breaks and subsidies with fewer handouts totalling $75 million (including “Pure Michigan” tourism industry subsidies). The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 4, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Bumstead (R) on May 4, 2011, to require the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to submit a report to the legislature on the airplanes used to for wildfire suppression. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 4, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) on May 4, 2011, to transfer $20 million from road and bridge construction programs to city bus operating and purchasing subsidies. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 4, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Mark Meadows (D) on May 4, 2011, to require the state Attorney General to represent the legislature in any civil lawsuit, and to defend legislators in any lawsuit arising out of the their official duties. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 4, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on May 4, 2011, to cut spending on the legislature by $2 million. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 4, 2011.
  2. Passed 62 to 48 in the House on May 4, 2011, the House version of the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 state government budget. A separate House budget authorizes school, college and university spending (House Bill 4325). This one would appropriate $32.522 billion in gross spending for everything else, compared to $32.778 the previous year and $32.775 billion recommended by Gov. Rick Snyder. Approximately, $17.31 billion of this budget is federal money, leaving $15.21 billion raised from Michigan sources, compared to $14.48 billion the previous year.

    Highlights include: Welfare and Medicaid spending total $20.78 billion (compared to $21.07 billion the previous year), $6.4 billion of which comes from state taxpayers, with the rest federal money. The House imposes higher welfare recipient work requirements, and eliminates some benefits such as clothing subsidies. It concurs with Gov. Snyder’s $250 million cut in state revenue sharing to local governments ($200 milllion of which will be given back to ones that adopt employee benefit and other reforms), and his plan to stop using the tax code to provide selective corporate tax breaks and subsidies, and instead directly appropriate subsidies totalling $75 million (including “Pure Michigan” tourism industry subsidies). Prison spending is $1.84 billion, vs. $2.01 billion the previous year (in part due to fewer prisoners).
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 5, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 5, 2011.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 11, 2011, to replace the House-passed version of the bill with one that replaces all the appropriations with $100 "placeholders," which is a means of advancing the budget to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 11, 2011.
  4. Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on May 11, 2011, to "adopt" a version of the House Fiscal Year 2011-2012 "omnibus" budget for all state departments, 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 Senate-passed versions of these budgets are shown here.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on May 11, 2011.
  6. Passed 0 to 108 in the House on May 12, 2011, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill. The vote sends the bill to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on May 26, 2011.
  8. Passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on May 26, 2011, the final House-Senate agreement on the 2011-2012 state government budget. A separate budget authorizes school, college and university spending (House Bill 4325). This one would appropriate $33.14 billion in gross spending for everything else, compared to $32.77 the previous year. Approximately $17.52 billion of this budget is federal money, leaving $15.63 billion raised from Michigan sources, compared to $14.48 billion the previous year.

    Highlights include: Welfare, Medicaid and other social welfare spending total $21.13 billion (compared to $21.07 billion the previous year), $6.5 billion of which comes from state taxpayers, with the rest federal money. Some welfare benefits are trimmed, such as clothing subsidies. There is a $250 million cut in state revenue sharing to local governments, but $200 milllion is given back to locals that adopt employee benefit and other reforms. Rather than using the tax code to provide selective corporate tax breaks and subsidies, the budget instead appropriates subsidies of around $100 million (including “Pure Michigan” tourism industry subsidies). Prison spending is $1.94 billion, vs. $2.01 billion the previous year, and a small “boot camp” type alternative corrections facility would be privatized, but no regular prisons.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Received in the House on May 26, 2011.
  10. Passed 62 to 47 in the House on May 26, 2011, the final House-Senate agreement on the 2011-2012 state government budget. A separate budget authorizes school, college and university spending (House Bill 4325). This one would appropriate $33.14 billion in gross spending for everything else, compared to $32.77 the previous year. Approximately $17.52 billion of this budget is federal money, leaving $15.63 billion raised from Michigan sources, compared to $14.48 billion the previous year.

    Highlights include: Welfare, Medicaid and other social welfare spending total $21.13 billion (compared to $21.07 billion the previous year), $6.5 billion of which comes from state taxpayers, with the rest federal money. Some welfare benefits are trimmed, such as clothing subsidies. There is a $250 million cut in state revenue sharing to local governments, but $200 milllion is given back to locals that adopt employee benefit and other reforms. Rather than using the tax code to provide selective corporate tax breaks and subsidies, the budget instead appropriates subsidies of around $100 million (including “Pure Michigan” tourism industry subsidies). Prison spending is $1.94 billion, vs. $2.01 billion the previous year, and a small “boot camp” type alternative corrections facility would be privatized, but no regular prisons.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  11. Signed with line-item veto by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 22, 2011.

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