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Michigan Legislative Update

Week of November 30, 2015

by Judy Augenstein

If the House gains nine seats in the 2016 elections they would take over the House and match their highest gain of seats in the term limit era, and they say are in it for the long haul to get to 56.

With less than a year until the election, Democrats feel good about their recruitment in many key seats, particularly in the 108 District where Rep. Ed McBroom (R- McBroom) cannot seek re-election.

Rep Tom Leonard, R-Dewitt, who chairs the House Republican Committee, says he feels confident House Republicans will keep the majority, though he is taking nothing for granted.

For the first time in a decade, in fact, for the first time since Michigan last increased its tobacco tax tobacco tax revenues increased during 2014-15 fiscal year.

And the increase does not appear related to more people smoking.  Rather the increase seems due to lower gasoline prices, which means people can use their gas savings for extra packs of cigarettes.

After reaching an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on its Michigan Economic Growth Authority Credit this week and the same for Ford Motor Company earlier this year, Steve Arwood, MEDC President, said he is hoping to have one more announcement this year, but he would not say if it was the last of the Detroit automobile makers, General Motors. Three amended credits was all he expected by the end of the year, a difference from the six Mr. Arwood had originally hoped for when the state amended its MEGA Credit with Ford Motor Motor Company back in June.

Beware the Legislature returns December 1 to continue on their working agenda!

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