Michigan Promise: 2009-2010
The Michigan Promise Merit is a promise merit,
awarded to those who have strived and succeeded in scoring high on
state tests. It is important to follow through with a promise made by
the state to its people. This Promise Scholarship is more important
than many of the people that continue to fail it from passing
understand it to be.
Michigan's people are losing their jobs,
homes, investments, and so on. Why not invest in the children, the
people who will be the ones' paying for the debt we are in, and coming
up with new ideas to move us out of this potential depression? Giving
highschoolers this Michigan Promise Scholarship gives them hope in a
future in college, and therefore, a future in life.
highschoolers can't find jobs. Isn't it important to make sure they're
under consideration? They haven't been working their whole lives to
make money. If they don't have money and haven't had the chance to make
it, what makes people think they'll attend college, especially with the
tuition increasing exponentially.
For numerous people the
Michigan Promise Scholarship, isn't just promising them money, but also
helps promise them a chance to change their lives with a college
education. It's healthy motivation.
It's time to make decisions, think long and hard about everyone made.
Senator Cassis asked and was granted unanimous consent to make a statement and moved that the statement be printed in the Journal.
The motion prevailed.
Senator Cassis’ statement is as follows:
This amendment will establish a $100 placeholder to continue the discussion on the Michigan Promise Grant. We are working toward a compromise very diligently. The process will continue, and the bill now goes back to the House. I fully expect, as we all do, that it will go then to a conference committee. There is no question the original amendment is a good practical solution. It keeps half of the Promise Grant, it creates a means test, and most importantly, it retains a promise to our kids.
It is intent language and I want to share with this body that I have requested the policy bill this afternoon, so it will continue. Importantly, also to all my members who voted in favor of this when it first came up, I have the support, commitment, good faith, and, I believe, the confidence of the chair of higher education appropriations to pursue this policy further. I would hope that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will join in this mutual effort.
Senator Gleason, under his constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18), protested against the passage of House Bill No. 4441.
Senator Gleason’s statement is as follows:
Once again, I rise with concern over our stress on our state budget. Only a few weeks ago, we voted on legislation that indicated that we would support Michigan workers. We passed legislation nearly unanimous, if it wasn’t unanimous, about putting Michigan workers first, yet, with leaving the grant for our nurses, we are continuing an effort that I think is detracting from the coffers of our state. We have a tremendous influx of Canadian nurses coming to our state to fill this void. This is not against the Canadian nurses; this is for Michigan workers and Michigan nurses.
For far too long, we have had a shortage, a void in Michigan nurses. A few years ago, we tried to close this gap by offering these grants by making it a high priority that with the high need and the high acceptance rates of those who wanted to become nurses. We could fill this void with a little bit of financial support. So I ask for a token of recognition and a token of support and financial consideration of raising this allocation to $2.1 million, only 50 percent of prior allocations to the nurses here in Michigan.
In recent times, there has been talk that we may be able to fill some of these voids in our state budget with tax credits. It appears to me that this may be an appropriate place to transfer money from the credits into a much-needed workforce. Every day, we have tough decisions to make because our coffers are so suppressed, and yet, today we say it is okay if Canadian nurses come to Michigan and work in our hospitals. Only a few minutes away lies their country where they will spend their income; where they will purchase their goods at a detraction to our Michigan sales tax coffers.
We are not only losing their income to Canada, but also we are hurting our manufacturing industry with Canadian nurses more than likely purchasing Canadian automobiles from the Canadian dealerships. So those Senators who have communities like mine will be just seeing a reduction. My concern and my reason for supporting this is we’ve recently seen a tremendous cost to our local auto dealerships with closures, and yet, we still see an influx of hundreds of Canadian nurses coming and more than likely purchasing cars from a foreign country. Buying with high-ticket incomes that we could use from nurses in our state, rather than sending the nurses back to Canada and spending their money over in Canada.
I think we need a little more thought in this process in cutting these nurses’ grants. We need the nurses; we need the sales tax receipts; we need the income tax receipts. I think when you look at this holistically, I think this is a bad decision that we are making today by leaving these nurses out of our economic recovery plan. That is exactly what we are doing. We know that there is a waiting list in the nursing schools, and we have known that for some time. Yet, once more, we are going to take a step that I would consider irresponsible in these tough budgetary times.
Let’s take the money that we could pay Michigan workers. We already made a commitment two weeks ago saying we were going to put Michigan workers first, and yet, with this legislation, we are going to continue to put Canadian nurses, Canadian workers, first. I think we can change our philosophy in midstream.