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Advocacy Corner: Week of 02/22/19 Bookmark

Advocacy Corner: Week of 02/22/19

MSAE Legislative & Public Policy Conference

The 40th annual MSAE Legislative & Public Policy Conference took place on Tuesday, February 12th. Featuring speakers and presenters from elected offices, academia, associations, and state public policy professionals – 2019 conference content largely integrated the promises and practical applications of bipartisan and cooperative efforts in an era of rising partisanship. 

Listen to discussion of the event on the MSAE radio show, Association Impact, and review the program and select presentation materials here.

State of the State Address

Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her first State of the State Address from the Michigan House Chamber on the evening of Tuesday, February 12th. Outlining a list of problems the state must tackle, she discussed several of the administration’s early priorities including fixing the state’s roads, improving educational results and attainment, expansion of the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, revisions to automotive insurance policy, and more.

Largely carrying her campaign theme of desired and improved bipartisanship, Governor Whitmer said, “It is important for us to remember that the enemy is not across the aisle. The enemy is apathy. The enemy is extreme partisanship. The enemy is self-interest.”

For the full text of Governor Whitmer’s 2019 State of the State Address, view here.

2019 State Budget to be Released in March

At MSAE’s Legislative & Public Policy Conference, the legislative quadrant leaders were asked if under Governor Whitmer the tradition of the executive office releasing the state budget before the summer recess is expected to continue.

Senate Minority Leader Ananich (D-Flint) responded that he does not see any reason why the budget process would be expected to take any longer and Senate Minority Leader Shirkey (R-Clarklake) added that the Senate is committed to maintain the same cadence and discipline that it did under the previous administration.

Speaker of the House Chatfield (R-Levering) noted some skepticism, “…we have a first-time governor and the budget presentation was pushed back a little bit, which is understandable. We have over 40 new House members serving in the House of Representatives. While I am committed to having a good, responsible budget, I will not compromise the product based on an artificially set date."

Governor Whitmer has announced Tuesday, March 5th as the date of full-release of the 2019 budget.

Oral Arguments Scheduled in MSAE Amicus Curiae

In September 2018, MSAE submitted an amicus curiae in a case pending before the Michigan Supreme Court to clarify the criteria under which associations have standing to litigate on behalf of their members.

MOAA 1563737 oral arguments have been scheduled for the March 2019 session of the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday, March 7th.

The session is open to the public and also available through live streaming.

American Associations Day

MSAE and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) invite you to join us at American Associations Day on March 28-29, the only legislative fly-in for association professionals.

Join us at American Associations Day to ensure that members of Congress know how our associations are improving Michigan’s districts and communities. Too often associations are viewed as just another “special interest” by lawmakers, and this is wrong. Tell your Members how your association is driving the economy and improving society in Michigan.

Providing you with the training and resources to effectively share our message as association professionals, ASAE invites you to register at no cost and even distributes a scholarship of up to $300 to attend.

To join the Michigan Delegation or for more information, contact Taylor Benavente at (517) 332-6723 or at

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