For the seventh year in a row, the Legislature delivered a responsible and balanced budget, several months ahead of the fiscal year deadline.
Our plan focuses on issues important to Michigan families, such as jobs, schools and public safety. Top priorities include:
- An increase in the School Aid budget by more than $415 million over last year;
- An investment of more than $12 million to hire 150 new State Police Troopers;
- Added funds for more staff and training to ensure veterans receive proper care;
- Increased support for skilled trades training to prepare workers for in-demand jobs; and
- An increase in transportation funding by more than $231 million.
Fall turkey hunting
While the spring season is the traditional time to hunt wild turkey, limited fall hunts are offered in specific areas. Hunting applications are available through Aug. 1. The application fee is $5. Licenses and applications may be purchased at any authorized license agent or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. Find more information in the Michigan Fall Turkey Digest at www.michigan.gov/dnrdigests.
Senator Pavlov passes MPSERS reform
On July 13th, SB 401 was signed into law making this now Public Act 92 of 2017 to reform the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS).
This landmark reform makes responsible changes to help ensure a secure retirement for the state’s current and future school employees while also protecting future generations of taxpayers from further debt.
Retirees and current school employees with pension plans will see no change to their retirement. With this reform, future school employees will receive a competitive retirement plan that is flexible and portable to meet their long-term goals.
Smart, corrective action was needed to address a school employee pension system that has an unfunded liability of nearly $30 billion. The unsustainable growth in retirement costs was already impacting our schools ability to provide the best education possible to our children.
This is a sustainable and affordable solution that protects current teacher retirements and provides new teachers with a modern retirement that mirrors plans offered to state employees and legislators.
If you have any concerns you would like to address at the state level, please contact my office at 517-373-7708.
I look forward to seeing you around the district,
Michigan's 25th Senate District