Karoub Associates released the November 2023 Karoub Report detailing the passage of legislation before the Michigan Legislature adjourned for the year.
This week, the Legislature approved a package of energy bills that align with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Healthy Climate Plan. After the Governor signs SB 271, SB 273, SB 502, SB 519 and SB 277, Michigan will require 60 percent of utility electricity generation come from renewable sources by 2035 and 100 percent of utility electricity generation meet an overall comprehensive clean energy standard by 2040. Once signed by the Whitmer, HB 5210 and HB 5122 would transfer some sitting authority over large solar and wind projects from local government to the Michigan Public Service Commission.
“With passage of these game-changing bills, Michigan will become a national leader on clean energy. These bills will help us make more clean, reliable energy right here in Michigan, creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, and lowering utility costs for every Michigander by an average of $145 a year," Whitmer said. "Getting this done will also reduce our reliance on foreign fuel sources, while protecting our air, water, and public health. Today we are protecting everything we know and love about pure Michigan.”
Professional lobbyists provide members with a voice
Law enforcement officers have more of a stake in which laws are passed, and which are not, than virtually any other class of professionals. They are, for example, directly concerned with legislation that:
- Helps them do their jobs more effectively.
- Protects them from unwarranted vulnerability to legal proceedings against them.
- Grants them workers' rights, both as individual employees and as union members.
No law enforcement union can properly represent its members without maintaining close and effective working contacts with lawmakers. No law enforcement union anywhere is more influential or respected in the political arena than MAP.
Karoub and Associates, a highly regarded legislative liaison organization, represents MAP in both Lansing, Michigan and Washington D.C. MAP is joined with the Police Officers Labor Council, Detroit Police Officers Association, Detroit Lieutenants & Sergeants Association, Michigan State Police Troopers Association, Michigan State Police Command Officers Association, Warren Police Officers Association, and the Flint Police Officers Association in the largest police legislative coalition in the state. As a result, members wield considerable influence in the State Legislature and U.S. Congress.
By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor
Binding arbitration rights would be extended to county corrections officers, university and community college police officers, and police and firefighters employed by an authority under bills approved by the Michigan Senate.
Both bills are being sent back to the State House for a concurrence vote before the legislation is expected to reach the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her What’s Next Address to state legislators and leaders, outlining priorities for the fall.
Her address focused on public safety, strong unions, health care, economic growth with new businesses and jobs, environmental protections, clean energy, safe roads, affordable housing, paid family and medical leave, election security and streamlining the permitting process for advanced manufacturing, housing and more.
Since taking office, the Governor and legislature have provided strong economic growth to help anyone ‘make it’ in Michigan. Michigan has added 63,000 jobs year over year; the unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, the lowest rate in 23 years; and the state has won 16,000 jobs and secured $16 billion of investment with economic development tools that bring manufacturing and supply chains home from China. Whitmer is focused on continuing to grow the economy and create jobs to make Michigan more competitive, improve energy efficiency, expand opportunity, and protect people’s fundamental rights.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an $81.7 billion Fiscal Year 2024 budget with a focus on funding public safety and healthcare programs, rebuilding infrastructure and creating good-paying jobs through economic development programs.
The budget includes $26.7 million to provide a 5 percent increase (4 percent ongoing and another 1 percent ongoing to communities that obligate all available American Rescue Plan dollars) in statutory revenue sharing to help counties, cities, villages, and townships; and new dedicated statutory revenue sharing funds, 2 percent one-time for public safety initiatives; plus, an additional $64 million over current year funding in constitutional revenue sharing payments.