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2013 House Bill 4228: Appropriations: “Omnibus” education budget

Public Act 60 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on February 12, 2013, 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 12, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on April 11, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 23, 2013, 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 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on April 23, 2013, to strip out provisions imposing loss of funds for school districts that agreed to abnormally long union contract extensions that allowed the union to defer until the contract expiration the loss of non-voluntary employee dues or fee payments under the recently enacted state right to work law that went into effect on March 28. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on April 23, 2013, to strip out provisions imposing loss of funds for community colleges that agreed to abnormally long union contract extensions that allowed the union to defer until the contract expiration the loss of non-voluntary employee dues or fee payments under the recently enacted state right to work law that went into effect on March 28. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on April 23, 2013, to reduce the amounts and revise details of best practices "incentives" funding that makes up a portion of state grants to universities. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Peter MacGregor (R) on April 23, 2013, to revise details of funding adjustments for school districts that share special education services. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on April 23, 2013, to cut by 3 percent funding for universities that provide health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of unmarried employees. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Brandon Dillon (D) on April 23, 2013, to increase per-student state foundation allowance amounts to public school districts. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Collene Lamonte (D) on April 23, 2013, to increase spending on preschool programs from $109.2 million to $174.2 million. As passed by the House, this budget increases the spending by $38 million. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on April 23, 2013, to increase community college spending and revise details of the allocation of money to individual colleges. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on April 23, 2013, to add $2.5 million in university spending, allocated according to a specified formula. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on April 23, 2013, to increase the per pupil funding for online "cyberschool" enrollment from 80 percent to 85 percent of the per pupil foundation allowance for the conventional school district where it is located. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on April 23, 2013, to add $1.5 million for instruction to students of limited English-speaking ability. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on April 23, 2013, to slightly increase the mininum per pupil state foundation allowance for school districts; reduce a proposed $50 million increase in spending on preschool programs to $38 million, and lower the household income eligibility cap on participants; require more of these preschool programs to be outsourced to for-profit or nonprofit providers; and scale-back from $225 to $100 per child a proposed increase in the amount spent on these programs (for a total of $3,500 per child). The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on April 23, 2013, to authorize grants to school districts of $3,200 per participant for training teachers in science, technology and math instruction, with the total amount spent to be determined later. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on April 23, 2013, to authorize competitive grants to organizations conducting classroom or extracurricular student competitions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects, with the total amount of spending to be determined later. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on April 23, 2013, to reduce the amount allocated to fiscal best practices incentive payments to school districts from $80 million in the current fiscal year to $25 million in the next fiscal year. The House budget contains a $100 "placeholder" for this item, with the final amount to be determined later. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on April 23, 2013, to earmark $1.3 million in spending authorized by this budget for instruction to students of limited English-speaking ability, and prescribe the scope and duration of this instruction. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 23, 2013.
  2. Passed 58 to 52 in the House on April 24, 2013, the House version of the K-12 school aid, community college and university budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct 1, 2013. A separate House budget authorizes the rest of state government spending (House Bill 4328). This bill would appropriate $13.235 billion for K-12 public schools, compared to $12.944 billion this year. It also appropriates $1.430 billion for state universities, compared to $1.399 billion this year. Community colleges would get $334 million, vs. $294 million this year.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 25, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate on April 25, 2013.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 1, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 1, 2013.
  4. Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on May 1, 2013, 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"

  5. Received in the House on May 1, 2013.
  6. Failed 0 to 107 in the House on May 15, 2013, 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"

  7. Received in the Senate on May 22, 2013.
  8. Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on May 29, 2013, the final version of the K-12 school aid, community college and university budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2013. House Bill 4328 authorizes the rest of state government spending. This bill would appropriate $13.361 billion for K-12 public schools, compared to $12.944 billion the previous year; $1.430 billion for state universities, compared to $1.399 billion the previous year; and $335 million for community colleges, up from $294 million. Of these amounts, $1.861 billion is federal money, vs. $1.798 billion the previous year.
    Some highlights include: A $30 per pupil "foundation allowance" increase for school districts, and $60 for ones whose allowance is at the lower end. Spending on preschool programs will increase by $65.0 million to $174.6 million. Students in grades 5 to 12 will be allowed to take up to two online courses per term. Universities would get less money if they raise tuition more than 3.75 percent.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Received in the House on May 22, 2013.
  10. Passed 65 to 43 in the House on May 28, 2013, the final version of the K-12 school aid, community college and university budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2013. House Bill 4328 authorizes the rest of state government spending. This bill would appropriate $13.361 billion for K-12 public schools, compared to $12.944 billion the previous year; $1.430 billion for state universities, compared to $1.399 billion the previous year; and $335 million for community colleges, up from $294 million. Of these amounts, $1.861 billion is federal money, vs. $1.798 billion the previous year.
    Some highlights include: A $30 per pupil "foundation allowance" increase for school districts, and $60 for ones whose allowance is at the lower end. Spending on preschool programs will increase by $65.0 million to $174.6 million. Students in grades 5 to 12 will be allowed to take up to two online courses per term. Universities would get less money if they raise tuition more than 3.75 percent.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  11. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 13, 2013.

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