Senate Budgets Include No Right-To-Work Penalties

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Penalties for colleges, universities, school districts and communities that approved union contracts in the weeks leading up to right-to-work laws taking effect will not be included in the state Senate versions of those budgets.

But that doesn't mean that the penalties -- ranging from 15% cuts to universities to the loss of grant and incentive money for public schools and communities and no increase in funding for community colleges -- will disappear.

The budget for community colleges was passed Tuesday morning and didn't include the sanctions against the colleges, including Macomb and Grand Rapids Community Colleges, that approved contracts.

The higher-education, school aid and general government budgets are expected to come up later this week.

The House Appropriations subcommittees approved bills two weeks ago which included the penalties. The full Appropriations committee is scheduled to consider the bills Wednesday.

"I want it to be a point of discussion for further negotiations," said state Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart.

Dozens of public schools, at least four universities, including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, approved long-term contracts in the weeks before right-to-work went into effect. The penalties for the universities would have cost the institutions millions.

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