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2008 House Bill 5809: Appropriations: 2008-2009 DLEG budget

Public Act 251 of 2008

  1. Introduced by Rep. Richard Hammel (D) on February 26, 2008, the executive recommendation for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008-2009 Department of Labor and Economic Growth. This would appropriate $1.362 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.301 billion, which was the FY 2007-2008 amount enrolled in 2007. Of this, $94.3 million will come from the general fund (funded by actual state tax revenues), compared to the FY 2007-2008 amount of $46.0 million. Another $384.9 million is from “restricted funds,” or earmarked tax and fee revenue, compared to $378.8 million the previous year. The balance of the money is federal funds.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 26, 2008.
      • Reported in the House on March 20, 2008, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on March 20, 2008, to replace the executive proposal for this budget with one that expresses the preferences of the House majority on various spending items and funding sources. For more see the House-passed version, and for detail see analysis from the non-partisan House Fiscal Agency. Note: the substitute was later reconsidered and replaced by an essentially identical substitute as a means to sweep away a series of Republican amendments without requiring "vulnerable" Democrats to case "no" votes on these that might be used against them in a political campaign. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2008.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Joe Hune (R), Rep. Brian Palmer (R) and Rep. Fulton Sheen (R) on March 20, 2008, to require that newly created civil service positions within the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR) must be filled by qualified personnel and not be duplicative of efforts currently overseen by the commissioner of OFIR. This refers to a controversy in which Gov. Granholm has appointed a former Democratic party official and candidate to a newly created "Insurance Advocate" position, reportedly at a salary of some $120,000. Note: Although passed, the amendment was not included in a subsequent substitute version of the bill that was adopted. The amendment passed 64 to 43 in the House on March 20, 2008.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Rep. Fran Amos (R) and Rep. Phil Pavlov (R) on March 20, 2008, to prohibit certain government unemployment worker training programs from providing services to individuals who cannot prove that they are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens. Note: Although passed, the amendment was not included in a subsequent substitute version of the bill that was adopted. The amendment passed 94 to 12 in the House on March 20, 2008.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Rep. Bruce Caswell (R) on March 20, 2008, to add a condition to $5 million appropriated for adult basic education or remedial education as part of a "no worker left behind" unemployed worker training program program proposed by Gov. Granholm. The amendment would require that no more than 50 percent of the money be used to enroll individuals within programs, and the rest could only be spent when individuals involved in the program have achieved an increase in reading or proficiency by 2 grade levels. The amendment passed 63 to 44 in the House on March 20, 2008.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Rep. Marty Knollenberg (R) on March 20, 2008, to require the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to "work collaboratively" to ensure that no government housing or subsidies be provided to illegal aliens. Note: Although passed, the amendment was not included in a subsequent substitute version of the bill that was adopted. The amendment passed 79 to 28 in the House on March 20, 2008.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Rep. Fran Amos (R) on March 20, 2008, to require the Department of Labor and Economic Growth to post on a website all its expenditures during a fiscal year, and the purpose of each. Note: Although passed, the amendment was not included in a subsequent substitute version of the bill that was adopted. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2008.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Richard Hammel (D) on March 20, 2008, to add $100 to a fire safety program line item, which is a means of creating a process by which the program might be increased by a substantive amount as this budget proceeds through the process. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2008.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Richard Hammel (D) on March 20, 2008, to require that not more than $25,000 be spent to to post on a website all the department's expenditures during a fiscal year, per the Amos amendment. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2008.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Marty Knollenberg (R) and Rep. Phil Pavlov (R) on March 20, 2008, to require the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to "work collaboratively" to ensure that no government housing or subsidies be provided to illegal aliens, prohibit certain government unemployment worker training programs from providing services to individuals who cannot prove that they are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens, and to require the Department of Labor and Economic Growth to post on a website all its expenditures during a fiscal year, and the purpose of each. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2008.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Richard Hammel (D) on March 20, 2008, to adopt a substitute version of the bill that is essentially identical to the original substitute before it was amended, as a means to sweep away a series of Republican amendments that were added to the bill. This allows the amendments to be indirectly defeated without requiring "vulnerable" Democrats to cast "no" votes on them that might be used against them in a political campaign. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2008.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Marty Knollenberg (R) and Rep. Phil Pavlov (R) on March 20, 2008, to require the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to "work collaboratively" to ensure that no government housing or subsidies be provided to illegal aliens, and prohibit certain government unemployment worker training programs from providing services to individuals who cannot prove that they are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2008.
  2. Passed 59 to 48 in the House on March 20, 2008, the House-passed version of the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Department of Labor and Economic Growth. This would appropriate $1.364 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.301 billion, which was the FY 2007-2008 amount enrolled in 2007. Of this, $94.8 million will come from the general fund (funded by actual state tax revenues), compared to the FY 2007-2008 amount of $46.0 million. Another $385.9 million is from “restricted funds,” or earmarked tax and fee revenue, compared to $378.8 million the previous year. The balance of the money is federal funds.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Motion by Rep. Steve Tobocman (D) on March 20, 2008, to give the bill immediate effect. The motion failed 59 to 48 in the House on March 20, 2008.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  4. Received in the Senate on March 25, 2008.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on March 25, 2008.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 27, 2008, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 27, 2008, 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. See Senate-passed version for more, and for details see analysis from the non-partisan Senate Fiscal Agency. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 27, 2008.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Glenn Anderson (D) on May 27, 2008, to add some $44 million for a "no worker left behind" job training program proposed by Gov. Granholm and approved by the House. The amendment failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on May 27, 2008.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Martha G. Scott (D) on May 27, 2008, to strip out a provision prohibiting the state Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation from spending money to implement a prohibition on the use of credit scores in setting insurance prices, unless the the legislature passes a law authorizing the prohibition. The amendment failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on May 27, 2008.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Martha G. Scott (D) on May 27, 2008, to add $9.5 million for nurse-training subsidies and scholarships. The amendment failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on May 27, 2008.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Martha G. Scott (D) on May 27, 2008, to add $1 million to reimburse local governments for the cost of providing fire protection services for state-owned buildings (which do not pay local property tax). The amendment failed 19 to 18 in the Senate on May 27, 2008.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Martha G. Scott (D) on May 27, 2008, to strip out a provision prohibiting the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration from developing and imposing on businesses "ergonomics" regulations, and to add $11,000 for this purpose. The amendment failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on May 27, 2008.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Passed 33 to 5 in the Senate on May 27, 2008, the Senate version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008-2009 Department of Labor and Economic Growth. This would appropriate $1.359 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.301 billion, which was the FY 2007-2008 amount enrolled in 2007. Of this, $45.8 million will come from the general fund (funded by actual state tax revenues), compared to the FY 2007-2008 amount of $46.0 million. Another $386.3 million is from “restricted funds,” or earmarked tax and fee revenue, compared to $378.8 million the previous year. The balance of the money is federal funds. The Senate did not include some $44 million for a "no worker left behind" job training program proposed by Gov. Granholm and approved by the House.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Received in the House on May 27, 2008.
  7. Failed 0 to 105 in the House on June 12, 2008, 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 Senate on June 27, 2008.
  9. Passed 34 to 3 in the Senate on June 27, 2008, the House-Senate conference report for the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Department of Labor and Economic Growth. This would appropriate $1.387 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.301 billion, which was the FY 2007-2008 amount enrolled in 2007. Of this, $73.5 million will come from the general fund (funded by actual state tax revenues), compared to the FY 2007-2008 amount of $46.0 million. Another $386.9 million is from “restricted funds,” or earmarked tax and fee revenue, compared to $378.8 million the previous year. Most of the balance of the money is federal funds. This final compromise version of the budget includes some $15 million for a "no worker left behind" job training program proposed by Gov. Granholm (who wanted $40 million). For details see House Fiscal Agency analysis">analysis.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  10. Received in the House on June 27, 2008.
  11. Passed 73 to 34 in the House on June 27, 2008, the House-Senate conference report for the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Department of Labor and Economic Growth. This would appropriate $1.387 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.301 billion, which was the FY 2007-2008 amount enrolled in 2007. Of this, $73.5 million will come from the general fund (funded by actual state tax revenues), compared to the FY 2007-2008 amount of $46.0 million. Another $386.9 million is from “restricted funds,” or earmarked tax and fee revenue, compared to $378.8 million the previous year. Most of the balance of the money is federal funds. This final compromise version of the budget includes some $15 million for a "no worker left behind" job training program proposed by Gov. Granholm (who wanted $40 million). For details see House Fiscal Agency analysis">analysis.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  12. Signed with line-item veto by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on July 17, 2008.
  13. Received in the House on July 23, 2008.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on July 23, 2008.

Comments

"no vote explanation of"  by Admin003 on March 22, 2008 
Rep. Emmons, having reserved the right to explain her protest against the passage of the bill, made the following statement:

“Mr. Speaker and members of the House:

House leadership failed to allow adequate time for study of this bill. One minute to study an appropriation bill is completely irresponsible and inadequate. Due to that short period to scrutinize HB 5809 I must vote no.”


"no vote explanation of"  by Admin003 on March 22, 2008 
Rep. Palsrok, having reserved the right to explain his protest against the passage of the bill, made the following statement:

“Mr. Speaker and members of the House:

While I support many programs in this budget, as a whole it has severe problems that need correcting. I cannot ignore the lack of reforms and new structural deficits this bill creates.

The FY 2008-2009 budget is dependent on the Democrats’ $1.4 billion tax hike as well as several one-time funding gimmicks. If we allow spending to go unchecked, we will have to raise taxes again in the near future.

The director of the non-partisan House Fiscal Agency has said we cannot afford the governor’s proposed level of spending. The House Democrat budget is even higher than what the governor proposed. I refuse to support spending we cannot afford, especially since doing so will set the stage for another tax hike.

Not enough was done last year to cut waste and reform government, and as a result taxes went up. If we want to fix our economy, we need to get our spending problem under control. This budget does not do that.

Furthermore, once again a substitute was submitted at the last moment. Members were not afforded the opportunity to review the contents of the substitute. Therefore, I am further resolved in my opposition, not only in the substance of the bill but in the process in which it was passed.

For these reasons, I cannot support this bill at this time.”


"no vote explanation of"  by Admin003 on March 22, 2008 
Rep. Moore, having reserved the right to explain his protest against the passage of the bill, made the following statement:

“Mr. Speaker and members of the House:

I can’t vote for a bill that the majority party allows us 2 minutes to read a 51 page substitute. The original version had a 106% increase in GF dollars. As a state we can’t afford this.”


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