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2012 House Bill 5372: Appropriations: “Omnibus” education budget

Public Act 201 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on February 7, 2012, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2011-2012 “Omnibus” school aid, higher education and community colleges budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 7, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on April 24, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 26, 2012, 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. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on April 26, 2012, to increase spending on a so-called "youth challenge program". The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on April 26, 2012, to revise details of a particular school aid formula related to Proposal A. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on April 26, 2012, to revise details of how money set aside for certain performance-related "incentive grants" will be distributed if the full amount is not used to provide these grants. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Deb Shaughnessy (R) on April 26, 2012, to revise details of how money set aside for certain performance-related "incentive grants" will be distributed if the full amount is not used to provide these grants. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on April 26, 2012, to allow certain funds allocated to reduce class sizes in K through 6th grade, to be used in all grades. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on April 26, 2012, to establish that charter schools are considered to have met an extra "incentive grant" requirment to allow students who live in any other school district to attend school in a different disrict if it has space. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on April 26, 2012, to prohibit universities from providing health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of unmarried employees. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Ananich (D) on April 26, 2012, to increase by $725 million the level of public school spending proposed by this budget. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Brandon Dillon (D) on April 26, 2012, to increase spending on "pre-college" math, science and engineering programs. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on April 26, 2012, to increase spending on English language instruction progams for student with limited English-speaking ability. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on April 26, 2012, to not use tax revenues earmarked to the state School Aid Fund in next year's community colleges budget, but instead use non-earmarked revenue. Although the state constitution explicitly authorizes using SAF money for higher education, the public school establishment contends that the 1994 Proposal A initiative earmarking a sales tax increase to the SAF means it can only be used for K-12 schools. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Timothy Bledsoe (D) on April 26, 2012, to only require school districts to meet five rather than six of the conditions needed to obtain additional "incentive grant" revenue. These include things like more student tracking, more transparency measures, letting students take some community college courses for credit, etc. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Sean McCann (D) on April 26, 2012, to increase by $20 million funding to school districts that have more students from poor households (indicated by eligibility for the federal free lunch program), and which offer full-day kindergarten. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on April 26, 2012, to consider the records of all school contracts with outside vendors, including the financial records of any subcontractors, as "public records" no different than government documents, and subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Sean McCann (D) on April 26, 2012, to add around $12 million in spending for community colleges, and use less School Aid Fund money and more General Fund money in the community colleges budget. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joan Bauer (D) on April 26, 2012, to increased higher education spending, and not make part of the money contingent on universities meeting certain "incentive grant" requirements. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joan Bauer (D) on April 26, 2012, to add $1.5 million in spending for the MSU cooperative extension service and agricultural research operation. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joan Bauer (D) on April 26, 2012, to increase spending on state competitive scholarships. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on April 26, 2012, to assert as the “intent of the legislature” that state universities “not collaborate in any manner with a nonprofit worker center whose documented activities include coercion through protest, demonstration, or organization against a Michigan business.” This refers to an organization called the “Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan,” which recently organized a protest by U of M students against a restaurant they claim violated laws prohibiting employment for a wage less than the minimum mandated by the government. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Tim Greimel (D) on April 26, 2012, to increase by $617 million the level of public school spending proposed by this budget. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Patrick Somerville (R) on April 26, 2012, to increase funding for a particular school district. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on April 26, 2012, to revise how funding is allocated for full-day kindergarten programs. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012.
  2. Passed 56 to 54 in the House on April 26, 2012, The House version of the school aid, community college and university budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012. A separate House budget authorizes the rest of state government spending (House Bill 5365). This bill would appropriate $12.816 billion for K-12 public schools, compared to $12.659 billion originally authorized for this year.

    The bill also appropriates $1.399 billion for state universities, compared to $1.364 billion enacted for this year. Community colleges would get $294 million, vs. $283 million this year.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on April 26, 2012, to give immediate effect. The motion passed 100 to 10 in the House on April 26, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  4. Received in the Senate on May 1, 2012.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 2, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 2, 2012.
  5. Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on May 2, 2012, to send the bill back to the House "stripped" of all actual appropriations. This vote is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Received in the House on May 2, 2012.
  7. Failed 0 to 109 in the House on May 3, 2012, to concur with a 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"

  8. Received in the House on May 8, 2012.
  9. Passed 58 to 51 in the House on June 1, 2012, the final version of the K-12 school aid, community college and university budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012. House Bill 5365 authorizes the rest of state government spending. This bill would appropriate $12.944 billion for K-12 public schools, compared to $12.359 billion the previous year.

    The bill also appropriates $1.399 billion for state universities, compared to $1.364 billion the previous year, and $294 million for community colleges vs. $283 million. Of these amounts, $1.798 billion is federal money, vs. $1.829 billion the previous year.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  10. Received in the Senate on June 5, 2012, the final version of the K-12 school aid, community college and university budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012. House Bill 5365 authorizes the rest of state government spending. This bill would appropriate $12.944 billion for K-12 public schools, compared to $12.359 billion the previous year.

    The bill also appropriates $1.399 billion for state universities, compared to $1.364 billion the previous year, and $294 million for community colleges vs. $283 million. Of these amounts, $1.798 billion is federal money, vs. $1.829 billion the previous year. Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on June 5, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  11. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 25, 2012.

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