Legislative Update 2.0 – 05/02/2020

As you may be aware, both legislators and protesters returned to Lansing this week as the State continues to address the divide on how to safely reopen the economy. The current state of emergency declaration was slated to end tonight, and Governor Whitmer acted Thursday evening to extend the state of emergency for at least for another month, with the …

Legislative Update – 05/01/2020

Whitmer Issues Orders To Keep Emergency In Place Governor Gretchen Whitmer tonight issued new orders that will keep Michigan under a state of emergency despite the Republican-controlled Legislature’s refusal to extend the governor’s previous emergency declarations. Ms. Whitmer signed three executive orders. Executive Order 2020-66 terminates the existing state of emergency and disaster that Ms. Whitmer had issued under the …

Weekly Update – 04/29/2020

#DoGoodFromHome Paul Liabenow, MEMSPA Executive Director Encourage your students to #DoGoodFromHome while #LearningtoGive with Simple Safe Service! Our friends at Learning to Give created free Simple Safe Service project guides that give your family ideas for generous actions and encourage youth voice to promote the common good, even when we are apart. Each project includes step-by-step instructions, reflection, and a …

Legislative Update – 04/24/2020

The Legislature is planning to be in session today, which is rare and surprising. At least one goal for tomorrow appears to be establishing a COVID-19 oversight committee. Budget continues to be a major point of conversation. It is concerning how little we know about revenues and federal funding considering how deep we are into the budget cycle at this …

Weekly Update – 04/22/2020

MEMSPA is partnering with Staples to make printing more affordable for students without access to online learning! MEMSPA has partnered with Staples to provide affordable pricing for copying and mailing student learning packets. Staples is doing this at there at or below their cost as a goodwill gesture. Detroit Public Schools is already participating in finding dramatic savings. If you …

Legislative Update – 4/17/2020

There has been renewed conversation around the budget this week. Legislative subcommittee chairs have been asked by leadership to prepare budgets by May 1st, but it will be challenging to make valid budget assumptions without a clear picture of revenue estimates. This week, the University of Michigan Research Seminar on Quantitative Economics (RSQE), which traditionally provides revenue forecasts to the …

Weekly Update – 04/15/2020

Principal to Principal: Who Is Your “Canary in the Coal Mine” Derek Wheaton Derek Wheaton “Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line.” — Richard Branson When the COVID-19 quarantine first started in mid-March I knew that I needed to attack a project …