Legislators would forfeit pay after missed deadline
State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain co-sponsored legislation introduced Wednesday to require the Michigan Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1 each year.
The joint resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to establish the July 1 deadline and ensure legislators adhere to it. Should the Legislature fail to complete the budget in time, representatives and senators would forfeit their daily salaries until the governor receives the budget.
“While the state’s fiscal year doesn’t start until Oct. 1, many Upper Peninsula schools and communities begin their fiscal years in July,” LaFave said. “The state budget needs to be in place by July 1 to give local leaders a better idea of how much state funding they can count on. If we can’t do that, we don’t deserve to get paid.”
If House Joint Resolution X is approved by two-thirds of both the House and Senate, the measure would be placed on the ballot for voter consideration.
It was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.