Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on February 14, 2012 To provide a “template” or “place holder” for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Higher Education budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them. Official Text and Analysis.
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 House on various spending items and programs.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 25, 2012
Amendment offered by Sen. Morris Hood, III (D) on April 26, 2012 To increase higher education spending by $224 million.
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on April 26, 2012 To strip out a provision requiring universities to report on efforts "to accommodate the sincerely held religious beliefs of students enrolled in accredited counseling degree programs".
Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on April 26, 2012 To not use tax revenues earmarked to the state School Aid Fund in next year's higher education 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.
Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on April 26, 2012. See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".The Senate version of the Fiscal higher education budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2012. This would appropriate $1.400 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.36 billion the previous year. The Senate significantly watered down "incentive grant" criteria proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder, which would have made some funding contigent on degree completions; number of science, technology, engineering, mathematics,
and health degrees; and number of students receiving Pell Grants. The Senate kept a tuition restraint restraint provision, but reduced the amount of extra money for schools that meet its proposed 3.5 percent cap on increases.
Received in the House on April 26, 2012
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on April 26, 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
Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on June 5, 2012. See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".The House-Senate conference report for the Higher Education budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012. The bill appropriates $1.399 billion for state universities, compared to $1.364 billion the previous year. Of this, $97 million is federal money, and the rest comes for state taxes and fees. An identical version of this budget was pasted into House Bill 5372, which is the version to be sent to the Governor and signed into law.