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2009 House Bill 4441: Appropriations: 2009-2010 Higher Education budget

Public Act 132 of 2009

  1. Introduced by Rep. Joan Bauer (D) on February 24, 2009, the executive recommendation for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009-2010 higher education budget. This would appropriate $1.719 billion in gross spending, compared to $1769 billion, which was the FY 2008-2009 amount enrolled in 2008. Of this, $1.545 billion will come from the general fund (funded by actual state tax revenues), $166.4 million is from "restricted funds," or earmarked state tax and fee revenue, and $7.4 million is federal revenue. The budget "pencils in" a 3 percent reduction in university operations grants, but there is an expectation that federal "stimulus" money will be used to keep this spending item contant. It also reduces by funding for the MSU Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service by 50 percent.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 24, 2009.
      • Reported in the House on April 2, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 2, 2009, to adopt a version of this budget that expresses the fiscal and policy preferences of the House majority on various spending items and programs. Among other changes, this uses federal "stimulus" money to reverse a 3 percent university operations grant reduction proposed by the Executive budget, and also reverses a 50 percent reduction proposed by the Governor in funding for the MSU Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 2, 2009.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Robert Genetski (R) on April 2, 2009, to require universities to prepare and submit to the legislature a plan to cut the cost of operations by 5 percent in the 2010-2011 school year. Also, to require each university to post on on the internet a listing of all expenditures, with the purpose of each (a "check register"). The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 2, 2009.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. David Agema (R) on April 2, 2009, to ban universites from giving employee health insurance or other benefits to the unmarried partners of the employees. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 2, 2009.
  2. Passed 89 to 21 in the House on April 2, 2009, the House version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009-2010 higher education budget. This would appropriate $1.826 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.769 billion, which was the FY 2008-2009 amount enrolled in 2008. Of this, $59.6 million is federal revenue. The House version uses federal "stimulus" money to reverse a 3 percent university operations grant reduction proposed by the Executive budget, and reverses a 50 percent cut proposed by the Governor in for the MSU Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 21, 2009.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 21, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 23, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
      • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 23, 2009, 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. For details see analysis from the non-partisan Senate Fiscal Agency. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 23, 2009.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Liz Brater (D) on June 23, 2009, to add $140 million to avoid eliminating the Michigan "promise grant" scholarships, formerly known as the "merit awards," which gives tobacco lawsuit settlement money to student who do well on state assessment tests. The amendment failed 16 to 20 in the Senate on June 23, 2009.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Deborah Cherry (D) on June 23, 2009, to add $169 million to avoid eliminating the Michigan "promise grant" scholarships and reducing other "need based" scholarships. The amendment failed 16 to 20 in the Senate on June 23, 2009.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. John Gleason (D) on June 23, 2009, to add $1.9 million for nursing scholarships. The amendment failed 17 to 19 in the Senate on June 23, 2009.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Liz Brater (D) on June 23, 2009, to add $100 "placeholders" or "points of difference" between the House version in line items for various state scholarship programs, which leaves this items open to further negotiation in a House-Senate conference committee. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 23, 2009.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Nancy Cassis (R) on June 23, 2009, to add $100 "placeholders" or "points of difference" between the House version in line items for various state scholarship programs, which leaves these items open to further negotiation in a House-Senate conference committee. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 23, 2009.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Samuel B. Thomas, III (D) on June 23, 2009, to add $40 million for the "promise grant" scholarship program, and convert this from a merit-based scholarship to a needs-based or means-tested one. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on June 23, 2009.
  4. Passed 19 to 17 in the Senate on June 23, 2009, the Senate version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009-2010 higher education budget. This would appropriate $1.609 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.769 billion, which was the FY 2008-2009 amount enrolled in 2008. Of this, $1.507 billion will come from the general fund (funded by actual state tax revenues), $26.4 million is from "restricted funds," or earmarked state tax and fee revenue, and $75.6 million is federal revenue. The Senate version uses less federal "stimulus" money than the House, has a 0.4 percent university operations grant reduction, eliminates the state "promise grant" scholarships, reduces spending on "need based" scholarships, and reverses a 50 percent reduction proposed by the Governor in funding for the MSU Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on June 23, 2009.
  6. Failed 0 to 109 in the House on June 25, 2009, 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 September 30, 2009, the House-Senate conference report for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009-2010 higher education budget. This would appropriate $1.612 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.769 billion, which was the FY 2008-2009 amount enrolled in 2008. Of this, $74.1 million is federal revenue. This cuts .4 percent from university operations grans, reverses a 50 percent cut proposed by the Governor in the MSU Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, and eliminates the "Promise Grant" or Merit Award scholarships paid for with tobacco lawsuit money.
  8. Passed 19 to 18 in the Senate on September 30, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Received in the Senate on September 30, 2009.
    • Motion by Sen. Alan L. Cropsey (R) on September 30, 2009, to give the bill immediate effect, without which the budget will not go into effect until April 1, 2010. A two-thirds majority is required. The motion failed 22 to 15 in the Senate on September 30, 2009.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  10. Received in the House on September 30, 2009.
  11. Passed 57 to 51 in the House on September 30, 2009, the House-Senate conference report for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009-2010 higher education budget. This would appropriate $1.612 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.769 billion, which was the FY 2008-2009 amount enrolled in 2008. Of this, $74.1 million is federal revenue. This cuts .4 percent from university operations grans, reverses a 50 percent cut proposed by the Governor in the MSU Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, and eliminates the "Promise Grant" or Merit Award scholarships paid for with tobacco lawsuit money.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  12. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on October 29, 2009.

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