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Negotiating Terms and Conditions, Be Prepared

Sep 23, 2020

Terms and Conditions are the guides to performance and legality of a contract.  This area of negotiations is exceptionally challenging in public procurement.  For the most part, in the public sector, contracts are written to protect the public entity, not the vendor.   This becomes a challenge for some companies attempting to do work in the […]

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Five Things We’re Reading

Sep 22, 2020

Below are some of the articles that the MLC lobby team has been reading this past week. We hope you find them as interesting and useful as we do. Start Stopping Faster – How can you get better at stopping projects and businesses that aren’t performing well? Why Building a Muscle for Uncertainty is the […]

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FY 2020/21 Budget Agreement Reached

Sep 18, 2020

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas (R-Midland), House Appropriations Committee Chairman Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron), and State Budget Director Chris Kolb announced they have reached an agreement on the spending parameters for the state’s 2021 Fiscal Year budget. Despite the impact of the pandemic on the state’s economy and budget, under the agreement there won’t […]

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First Installment of Infrastructure Bonds Sold

Sep 18, 2020

The Department of Transportation closed on an $800 million bond issue, marking the first installment in Governor Whitmer’s $3.5 billion Rebuilding Michigan program. The bonds will cover the cost of rebuilding some of the state’s most highly traveled freeways. The State Transportation Commission authorized the sale of $3.5 billion in bonds in January, backed by […]

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Court Rules in Favor of Absentee Voter Ballot Applications

Sep 18, 2020

The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was lawfully permitted to send out unsolicited absentee voter ballot applications to registered voters. In a 2-1 decision, the appellate court ruled that state law and the Michigan Constitution allow Secretary Benson to mail the applications, as the Michigan […]

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Changes to Processing Absentee Ballots Moves Forward

Sep 18, 2020

The Senate approved of legislation aimed at helping local clerks process the increased number of absentee ballots expected in November. Introduced by Senator Ruth Johnson (R-Holly), the legislation would allow clerks or cities or townships with populations of at least 25,000 people to perform certain preprocessing activities of absentee ballots prior to this year’s November […]

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Department Launches Webpage Promoting Voter Engagement, Turnout

Sep 18, 2020

The Department of State launched its Partners in Democracy web page to provide information on statewide and national organizations joining in the work of engaging voters within their communities. It also serves to provide information and resources for groups interested in voter engagement and turnout efforts ahead of November. The web page will provide information […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of September 19, 2020

Sep 18, 2020

The House and Senate are scheduled hold their typical Tuesday – Thursday session schedule. The Legislature is looking to wrap up the FY 2020-2021 budget and send it to the governor for final approval.

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