Nofs introduces joint resolution on school aid funding

For Immediate Release                                                          
Jan. 30, 2014                                                                      

Contact: Greg Moore

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Nofs on Thursday introduced Senate Joint Resolution DD, which would amend the Michigan Constitution to limit the use of state school aid funds.

In four out the last five budget cycles, school aid fund (SAF) dollars have been used to partially fund colleges and universities. This has resulted in a great deal of debate as to whether this is an appropriate use of the SAF.

SJR DD would clarify that SAF dollars could only be used for aid to school districts; public community colleges; and school employee retirement systems, as provided by law.

Sen. Nofs, R-Battle Creek, cited the close relationship between K-12 districts and community colleges as the rationale behind allowing these colleges to receive funding.

“Between dual-enrollment courses, middle-college programs, career services and technical training as well as college readiness preparation, community colleges and local school districts are often joined at the hip,” Nofs said. “To me it makes sense to continue to allow funding for these types of partnerships that have proven to be beneficial for students and for taxpayers.”


Nofs comments on State of the State address

For Immediate Release
Jan. 16, 2014
Contact: Greg Moore

LANSING, Mich.—On Thursday night, Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, issued the statement below following Gov. Rick Snyder’s fourth State of the State address at the Capitol in Lansing.

“The governor has painted a clear picture both of our accomplishments thus far and some ambitious goals for 2014. Michigan truly is the comeback state and the economic gains we have experienced over the last three years should remain a source of optimism for hardworking Michigan families.
“Reinventing Michigan has been a top priority for the Legislature. Once again, in 2013 Michigan’s budget was structurally balanced and passed ahead of schedule, turning around a once- $1.5 billion budget deficit. We’ve worked hard to make investments in key areas to ensure that our workforce and job providers can thrive, while also cutting state regulations and making it easier to do business with Michigan.

“The goals for the 2014 legislative session will remain largely unchanged. We will continue to strive to cut wasteful spending and focus on support for hardworking families. My top priority has been and will continue to be jobs.
“With our gains in private sector jobs and the first population increase in a decade, Michigan has become a model for successful recovery. I’m looking forward to working with Governor Snyder to keep the positive momentum rolling into 2014.”