FYI • January 22, 2010 • No. 2
The next FYI bulletin will be issued February 5, 2010
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
• January 27: BJJ Director John Evans to meet with Residential MIN—On Wednesday of this week, the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Human Services held a joint hearing on the recent report, “Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09.” The Committee heard testimony from DHS Bureau of Juvenile Justice Director John Evans and took an interest in what the study’s findings mean for Michigan. Additionally, strategies for collecting additional data and developing areas of best practice within juvenile facilities to remedy this problem were discussed. John Evans will be a guest at the January 27 Residential Treatment MIN meeting to discuss these and other matters with members. You can find a copy of the report at www.michfed.org; click on Reports.
• January 27: Member CEOs to convene re Public Policy—Federation Board President Gary Tester and Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder have invited member CEOs to attend a meeting at the Federation office January 27 at 1:00 PM for discussion about the current legislative atmosphere and Federation public policy priorities. If you are interested in public policy and would like to attend, RSVP to email@example.com.
STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
• Revenue Estimating Conference report predicts $1.3 billion shortfall—This week, the House Appropriations Committee heard testimony from House Fiscal Agency Director Mitchell Bean regarding the findings of the recent Revenue Estimating Conference. The economic forecast predicts a $1.3 billion state budget deficit as the 2010-2011 fiscal year approaches. This figure is subject to change as the year progresses and a more accurate measurement of the state’s revenue becomes available, and it’s determined whether or not funds coming into Michigan may be affected by federal allocations.