Legislators would forfeit pay after missed deadline
State Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth Township 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.
“The state budget should be done by July so the numerous school districts and local governments that start their fiscal years on July 1 will know what their state funding levels are,” Noble said. “The proposed penalty is fitting because legislators who can’t give their communities certainty about the budget haven’t earned their pay.”
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.