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2012 Senate Bill 949: Appropriations: Community Colleges
  1. Introduced by Sen. Darwin Booher (R) on February 14, 2012, to provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Community Colleges 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 14, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on April 24, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on April 25, 2012, 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. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 25, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on April 25, 2012, to increase community college spending by $13.8 million, and add some additional money to cover the extra amount colleges will have to contribute to cover underfunded employee pensions and optional retiree health insurance benefits. The amendment failed 16 to 22 in the Senate on April 25, 2012.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on April 25, 2012, to not use money from the state School Aid Fund for this budget, but instead use money from the state general fund. Although under the state constitution the SAF is to be "exclusively for aid to school districts, higher education, and school employees’ retirement systems," the K-12 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 19 to 19 in the Senate on April 25, 2012.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on April 25, 2012, the Senate version of the community colleges budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012. This would appropriate $294.1 million in gross spending, compared to $251.9 million the previous year.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on April 25, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on April 25, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Chuck Moss (R) on May 2, 2012, to strip out all of the appropriations of the Senate-passed version of the bill, which is basically a procedural method of launching negotiations to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 2, 2012.
  4. Passed 63 to 47 in the House on May 2, 2012, to send the bill back to the Senate "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"

  5. Received in the Senate on May 3, 2012.
  6. Failed 0 to 38 in the Senate on May 3, 2012, 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on May 30, 2012.
  8. Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate on May 30, 2012, the House-Senate conference report for the community colleges budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012. This would appropriate $294.1 million in gross spending, compared to $251.9 million the previous year. Note: House Bill 5365 contains an identical version of this conference report.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Received in the House on May 30, 2012.

Comments

Re: 2012 Senate Bill 949 (Appropriations: Community Colleges )  by stavroula on December 21, 2012 
I think that best way to fit at college is to really choose the college that is the best suited for you and for your skills. Think really harad about what you want to do in your future, and after that speak with a friend, a stranger and your teacher and apply where you feel that it is right.

Re: 2012 Senate Bill 949 (Appropriations: Community Colleges )  by Admin003 on May 4, 2012 
Senators Anderson, Whitmer and Gleason, under their constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18), protested against the passage of Senate Bill No. 949.
Senator Anderson’s statement, in which Senators Whitmer and Gleason concurred, is as follows:
I rise today to explain my “no” vote for the Community Colleges budget that was just passed. I hope that we can all agree that community colleges are integral to the success of transforming our state into a successful and fruitful player in the 21st century economy.
Unfortunately, as property tax revenues have declined and student populations have increased, our community colleges have been forced to do more with less. In fact, they were forced to do it with far less after the cuts they received in your budget passed last year. And this year, while you try to cover up the damage that you’ve already created by providing a minimal increase that doesn’t make up for last year, it is clear to see this budget is no welcome sight for our community colleges across the state.
You call it an increase in support, but how can you seriously expect anyone to swallow that when our community colleges are receiving drastically fewer dollars than they were two years ago? You’ll claim it offers a 3 percent increase in state support, but again, can you honestly call that progress when the rate of inflation is above that? You add unnecessary and unhelpful strings to those dollars; hoops these schools will have to jump through just to be able to make ends meet; hoops that you don’t require of the countless corporations this state gives billions of dollars in tax breaks to on an annual basis. Worst of all, while you continue to erode the support our state offers community colleges, you continue to take those dollars from those who need them most—Michigan’s children.
This budget continues a now two-year trend of robbing Peter’s lunch money to pay for Paul’s higher education. Senate Republicans are, yet again, raiding an already-stressed School Aid Fund to the tune of $294.1 million, which taxpayers agree should be used solely for paying K-12 education, to patch over a Community Colleges budget that should be paid for out of the General Fund.
After one of the largest cuts in history to K-12 funding last year, I find it particularly troubling to appropriate money that could be used to help stem the bleeding from other attacks on public education. It is not as if money does not exist in the General Fund to adequately provide for our community colleges. Senate Republicans were able to find enough General Fund dollars to support a $1.8 billion tax giveaway to their corporate allies last year, and continue to fund billions in tax subsidies on an annual basis.
I cannot support this budget because of the items I just mentioned. I will not support another budget that puts our children’s future in jeopardy by asking them to finance budget items that should be and could be paid for with dollars being handed out to corporations.
Senator Anderson asked and was granted unanimous consent to make statements and moved that the statements be printed in the Journal.
The motion prevailed.
Senator Anderson’s first statement is as follows:
I rise to offer an amendment that would restore funding for community colleges to their fiscal year 2011 funding level. It would return to funding these institutions out of the General Fund. We simply cannot expect our community colleges to provide the topnotch education we expect if we are not willing to provide the tools to do so. After last year’s significant cuts, it is insulting to call this a budget of progress when it doesn’t even allow our community colleges to keep up with the rate of inflation. We owe our students more.
Further, it is unacceptable to rob the School Aid Fund of much-needed dollars to the tune of $294 million to make up for the hole that you punched in the General Fund budget. Yes, that is exactly what this budget would do. After one of the largest education cuts we have seen, ever seen last year, to continue robbing our children of a proper education is deplorable. Even in the School Aid budget more cuts are coming despite having a surplus as a result of raiding that fund.
I ask for your support in placing the proper value on the important role our community colleges play and funding these institutions out of the General Fund.
Senator Anderson’s second statement is as follows:
My second amendment will focus solely on the issue of raiding the School Aid Fund for this budget and would restore this funding from the General Fund. If my colleagues cannot support adequate funding for our community colleges, my hope is that they can at least agree that it is unacceptable to divert funding away from our K-12 system.
Last year saw one of the most dramatic cuts to education in our state’s history. The result has been increased class sizes, schools on the brink of financial ruin, and teachers being forced to purchase school supplies out of pocket. On top of that, your budget handed out a $1.8 billion business tax cut and now continues to fund billions annually in business tax credits, all out of the General Fund. It’s curious to think that prior to your actions, we were able to pay for our community colleges system. How were we supposed to do this out of the General Fund? Suddenly, we are told we have to siphon money away from our K-12 schools in order to make ends meet.
It doesn’t take a team of economists to realize that if the General Fund wasn’t strained so significantly in order to fund those corporate handouts, we could provide adequate funding for our community colleges without dipping into money for our schools. I think it is time the majority readjust their priorities and fund community colleges out of the General Fund instead of robbing our children of the educational opportunities they deserve.

2012 Senate Bill 949 (Appropriations: Community Colleges )  by admin on May 4, 2012 
Introduced in the Senate on February 14, 2012, the Senate version of the community colleges budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012. This would appropriate $294.1 million in gross spending, compared to $251.9 million the previous year

The vote was 20 in favor, 18 opposed and 0 not voting

(Senate Roll Call 247 at Senate Journal 0)

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