Test #2

Test #2


Detroit “Grand Bargain” signed by Governor Snyder

On Friday, June 20, Governor Rick Snyder signed package of bills hailed as the “Grand Bargain” that would transfer the assets of the Detroit Institute of Arts to a charitable trust and fund pension obligations.


Governor Snyder Delivers Welcoming Keynote at #MPC14

Governor Rick Snyder delivers welcoming remarks to the 2014 Detroit Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference (#MPC14).

During the remarks, Gov. Snyder applauded long-time Wiener Associates client, Henry Ford Health System, for its partnership in the “Live. Work. Midtown.” incentive program.



Brandenburg Running for Senate Leadership

Gongwer News Service is reporting that State Sen. Jack Brandenburg is running for a Senate Republican Leadership post.




Revised Revenue Forecast

  • State economists have revised their previous estimate of revenues for the current and upcoming fiscal years.  General Fund revenue for FY 2014 will be $253.2 million lower than forecast, and for FY 2015 will be $220.5 million lower.  School Aid Fund revenue for FY 2014 will be $63.7 million lower than forecast, and for FY 2015 will be $78.5 million lower.
  • Combined FY 2014 revenues (GF and SAF) are $317 million lower than forecast.  Combined FY 2015 revenues (GF and SAF) are $299 million lower than forecast.
  • The total revised revenue forecast for FY 2014 and FY 2015 is $616 million lower than was projected in January.
  • These revised revenue forecasts will affect spending targets and priorities currently being debated by the Legislature for Fiscal Year 2015.

FY2015 Budget Bill for MDCH – SB763


Today the Senate passed SB 763, its FY 2015 budget bill for MDCH.  The full Senate made minor changes to the bill as it was reported from the Appropriations Committee (changes noted in red in the attached link).  The bill now goes to the House, which at this time continues to work on its own budget proposal (HB 5313).  http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billengrossed/Senate/pdf/2014-SEBS-0763.pdf


House DCH Appropriations Subcommittee Report

Attached please find a summary of the FY 2015 MDCH budget recommendations as reported from the House MDCH Appropriations Subcommittee today. The format includes both changes from current year appropriations (columns) & differences from the Governor’s recommendations (numbered paragraphs). New & modified boilerplate sections are also included, beginning on page 5.

We will provide full text of the subcommittee’s reported bill and other detail documents when they become available in electronic form.

The Senate MDCH Appropriations Subcommittee will not be reporting recommendations until after the spring recess, on or around April 22.

The Legislature will begin a spring recess after tomorrow’s session ends, and will reconvene on April 22. 

2014-15-HB5296 (H-1) Draft 1 Report


House DCH Appropriations

The attached materials were presented and reviewed with the House DCH Appropriations Subcommittee on February 19th. The House Subcommittee will accept public testimony on Monday, February 24th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in room 351 of the Capitol. Although afternoon hours are tentatively scheduled, those interested in providing testimony are strongly encouraged to attend the hearing in the morning. Public testimony will also be accepted on Monday, March 3rd.







FY2015 Budget Overview Presentation


This morning, MDCH Director Jim Haveman presented an overview of the department’s current initiatives and the Governor’s budget recommendations for FY 2015.  Below is a link to that presentation.  Director Haveman will present the same information to the Senate DCH subcommittee on Thursday (the Senate will also accept public testimony about behavioral health services on Thursday).