ALPENA - Mike Hansen, president of the Michigan Community College Association, addressed the Alpena Community College Board of Trustees about collective action that is expected to affect community colleges in the near future.
According to Hansen, some specific goals of the MCCA include representing member colleges when taking collective action, influencing legislative action at state and federal levels, and advocating the benefits of Michigan's 28 community colleges.
"The baccalaureate debate will be discussed and should be finalized by the end of the year. The only opposition is coming from four year universities," he said. "I'm hoping for the full bill, but it may look differently."
Other prominent issues Hansen said will be decided on by the end of the year include removing personal property taxes out of the community college budget.
"Taking out personal property tax will affect 5-10 percent of community college's working budget. There will need to be a sustainable resolution replacement," he said.
Hansen said 60-70 percent of the time the MCCA is focused on legislative advocacy, he said the board supports dual enrollment, cost control measures, sustainability and longterm futures, and online consortions for community colleges. Collectively, he said the MCCA board will vote on one proposal, and will oppose proposal 5, which calls for tax increase.
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