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MIRS provides comprehensive news and analysis of state government delivered in written reports detailing the activities of the House, Senate, Judicial and Executive branches of Michigan state government.

Michigan News And Capitol Report, Week Ending Fri., May 19, 2017

Gov Supports Raising State Officer Pay, Calley Doesn't

The State Officers Compensation Commission (SOCC) unanimously recommended restoring pay cuts applied in 2009 to the salaries of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General. It also suggested a 10 percent pay increase for Supreme Court justices.
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Target Meetings Postponed; Gov, Leaders Stuck On Closing MPSERS

High-level meetings over next year's budget were postponed indefinitely Thursday after Senate Majority Leader Arlan MEEKHOF (R-West Olive) and House Speaker Tom LEONARD (R-DeWitt) told Gov. Rick SNYDER they want to close the teacher pension system as part of the budget and the Governor still wasn't sold.
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Leonard Drives A Spike Through Using Road Money For Pensions

Legislative leaders' hunt for a dedicated revenue stream to pay off the $29 billion teacher pension system need not bother sniffing around the transportation package any further.
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Continued Growth Projected For Michigan Economy

The good news out of Wednesday's Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) is that economists expect the state's economy to continue to grow over the next two years. The bad news is that 2017 jobs growth is still pegged to be far below new jobs created in 2016.
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MIRS Monday Podcast

Senate and House Republican leaders want to close off the state's teacher retirement system as a way to save the state money in the future, but Gov. Rick Snyder is not interested in going down that road. Could a proposal by Rep. Scott Van Singel be the compromise that breaks up a legislative log jam while addressing Michigan's soaring unfunded liability costs involving pensions? The Grant Republican talks to MIRS Monday about his idea.
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