Substitute For

HOUSE BILL NO. 4573

A bill to amend 1966 PA 331, entitled

"Community college act of 1966,"

by amending sections 161, 162, and 164 (MCL 389.161, 389.162, and 389.164), sections 161 and 162 as amended by 2015 PA 130 and section 164 as amended by 2018 PA 376.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 161. As used in this chapter:

(a) "Agreement" means a written agreement between an employer and a community college district concerning a project and any amendments to that agreement.

(b) "Bond" or "bonds" means bonds, notes, or other debt issued by a community college district under this chapter.

(c) "Employer" means a person that is engaged in business and has employees in this state.

(d) "New job" means a full-time job in this state that meets all of the following:

(i) Except as provided in subparagraph (ii) or (iii), is a new, existing, or expanding business of an employer.

(ii) Is not a job of a recalled worker, a replacement job, or any other job that existed in the employer's business within the 1-year period preceding the date of an agreement.

(iii) Is not a job that is part of an employer's business operation located in a municipality in this state, if that job existed in a business operation or a substantially similar business operation of the employer formerly located in another municipality in this state, the employer moved that business operation or substantially similar business operation to its current location, and the employer closed or substantially reduced that former business operation or substantially similar business operation.

(iv) Results in a net increase in employment in this state for that employer.

(v) The wage paid for the job at the time of the contract is equal to or exceeds at least either of the following:

(A) 175% of the state minimum wage.

(B) The county ALICE rate. As used in this sub-subparagraph, "county ALICE rate" means an amount equal to the minimum hourly wage rate necessary to pay the minimal estimate of the total household essentials for a household of 1 adult and 1 child in the county in which a job is primarily performed, based on the most recent household survival budget data provided by United for ALICE at unitedforalice.org.

(e) "New jobs credit from withholding" means the credit described in section 163.

(f) "New jobs training program" or "program" means the project or projects established by a community college district for the creation of jobs by providing education and training or retraining of workers for new jobs.

(g) "Program costs" means all necessary and incidental costs of providing program services.

(h) "Program services" includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

(i) Training or retraining for new jobs.

(ii) Adult basic education and job-related instruction.

(iii) Developmental, readiness, and remedial education.

(iv) Vocational and skill-assessment services and testing.

(v) Training facilities, equipment, materials, and supplies.

(vi) Administrative expenses for the new jobs training program.

(vii) Subcontracted services with public universities and colleges in this state, private colleges or universities, or any federal, state, or local departments or agencies.

(viii) Contracted or professional services.

(i) "Project" means a training arrangement that is the subject of an agreement entered into between the community college district and an employer to provide program services.

(j) "State minimum wage" means the minimum hourly wage rate in effect as of the date the employer and the community college district enter into the agreement to establish the project under former 1964 PA 154 or under the workforce opportunity wage act, 2014 PA 138, MCL 408.411 to 408.424, as applicable.

Sec. 162. (1) A community college district may enter into an agreement to establish a project with an employer engaged in business activities anywhere in the state. An agreement shall must meet section 163 and all of the following:

(a) Shall Must provide for program costs that may be paid from a new jobs credit from withholding, to be received or derived from new employment resulting from the project, or from tuition, student fees, or special charges fixed by the board of trustees to defray program costs in whole or in part.

(b) Shall Must contain an estimate of the number of new jobs to be created by the employer.

(c) Shall Must include a provision that fixes, on a quarterly basis, the minimum amount of new jobs credit from withholding to be paid for program costs.

(d) Shall Must provide that if the amount received from the new jobs credit from withholding is insufficient to pay program costs, the employer agrees to provide money, at least quarterly, to make up the shortfall, so that the community college district receives for each quarter the minimum amount of new jobs credit from withholding that is provided in the agreement.

(e) Shall Must include the employer's agreement to mortgage, assign, pledge, or place a lien on any real or personal property as required by the community college district as security for its obligations under the agreement.

(f) Shall Must provide for payment of an administrative fee to the community college district in an amount equal to 15% of the aggregate amount to be paid under the agreement.

(g) May contain other provisions the community college district considers appropriate or necessary.

(2) Any payments required to be made by an employer under an agreement are a lien on the employer's business property, real and personal, until paid, have equal precedence with property taxes, and shall are not be divested by a judicial sale. Property subject to the lien established in this subsection may be sold for sums due and delinquent at a tax sale, with the same forfeitures, penalties, and consequences as for the nonpayment of property taxes. The purchaser at tax sale obtains the property subject to the remaining payments required under the agreement.

(3) A community college district shall file a copy of an agreement with the department of treasury promptly after its execution.

(4) A community college district shall not enter into any new agreements after December 31, 2023.2033.

Sec. 164. (1) Subject to subsection (16), by resolution of its board of trustees, a community college district may authorize, issue, and sell its new jobs training revenue bonds in anticipation of payments to be received pursuant to an agreement, subject to the requirements of this chapter, to finance costs of new jobs training programs and to pay costs of issuing those bonds. The bonds shall must be payable in the manner and on the terms and conditions determined, or within the parameters specified, by the board in the resolution authorizing issuance of the bonds. The resolution authorizing the bonds shall create creates a lien on the receipts from new jobs credit from withholding to be received by the community college district pursuant to an agreement or agreements that shall be is a statutory lien and shall be is a first lien subject only to liens previously created. As additional security, in the resolution authorizing the bonds, the board of trustees may also pledge the limited tax full faith and credit of the district and may authorize and enter into an insurance contract, agreement for lines of credit, letter of credit, commitment to purchase obligations, remarketing agreement, reimbursement agreement, tender agreement, or any other transaction necessary to provide security to assure timely payment of any bonds.

(2) Bonds described in subsection (1) shall must be authorized by resolution of the board of trustees, and shall must bear the date or dates, and shall must mature at the time or times, not exceeding 20 years from the date of issue, provided in the resolution. The bonds shall must bear interest at the rate or rates, fixed or variable or a combination of fixed and variable, be in the denominations, be in the form, either coupon or registered, carry the registration privileges, be executed in the manner, be payable in the medium of payment and at the place or places, and be subject to the terms of redemption provided in the resolution or resolutions. The bonds of the community college district may be sold at a competitive or negotiated sale at par, premium, or discount as determined in the authorizing resolution.

(3) A community college district may issue bonds described in subsection (1) with respect to a single project or multiple projects as determined by the board of trustees in the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds. The board of trustees may determine to sell the bonds in conjunction with the sale of bonds by another community college district.

(4) Any resolution authorizing any bonds under this section, or any issue of bonds of those bonds, may contain provisions concerning any of the following, and those provisions are part of the contract with the holders of the bonds:

(a) Pledging all or any part of any fees or available funds of the community college district, or other money received or to be received, to secure the payment of the bonds or of any issue of bonds, and subject to any agreements with bondholders as may then exist.

(b) Pledging all or any part of the assets of the community college district, including mortgages and obligations securing the assets, to secure the payment of the bonds or of any issue of bonds, subject to any agreements with bondholders as may then exist.

(c) The setting aside of reserves or sinking funds and the regulation and disposition of reserves or sinking funds.

(d) Limitations on the purpose to which the proceeds of sale of bonds may be applied and pledging the proceeds to secure the payment of the bonds or of any issue of bonds.

(e) Limitations on the issuance of additional bonds; the terms on which additional bonds may be issued and secured; and the refunding of outstanding or other bonds.

(f) The procedure, if any, by which the terms of any contract with bondholders may be amended or abrogated, the amount of bonds the holders of which must consent to the amendment or abrogation, and the manner in which bondholders may give that consent.

(g) Vesting in a trustee or trustees the property, rights, powers, and duties in trust determined by the board of trustees of the community college district.

(h) Any other matters that in any way affect the security or protection of the bonds.

(i) Delegating to an officer or other employee of the community college district, or an agent designated by the community college district, the power to cause the issue, sale, and delivery of the bonds within limits on those bonds established by the community college district concerning any of the following:

(i) The form of the bonds.

(ii) The maximum interest rate or rates of the bonds.

(iii) The maturity date or dates of the bonds.

(iv) The purchase price of the bonds.

(v) The denominations of the bonds.

(vi) The redemption premiums of the bonds.

(vii) The nature of the security for the bonds.

(viii) Any other terms and conditions concerning issuance of the bonds prescribed by the board of trustees of the community college district.

(5) All of the following apply to any pledge of money or other assets made by a community college district to secure any bonds or issue of bonds under this section:

(a) The pledge is valid and binding from the time when the pledge is made.

(b) The money or other assets pledged are immediately subject to the lien of the pledge when received, without any physical delivery of the money or assets or any further act.

(c) The lien of the pledge is valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind, in tort, contract, or otherwise, against the community college district, whether or not those parties have notice of the lien.

(d) The community college district is not required to record the resolution or any other instrument creating the pledge.

(6) The board of trustees of a community college district and any person executing bonds subject to this section are not personally liable on the bonds or subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance of the bonds.

(7) A community college district issuing bonds under this section may purchase bonds of the community college district out of any funds available for that purpose, subject to any agreements with bondholders in effect at that time. Unless the board of the community college district determines by resolution that the payment of a higher price is in the best interests of the community college district, the community college shall not purchase those bonds at a price that exceeds 1 of the following, as applicable:

(a) If the bonds are redeemable at the time of purchase, the redemption price applicable at that time plus accrued interest to the next interest payment date on the bonds.

(b) If the bonds are not redeemable at the time of purchase, the redemption price applicable on the first date after the purchase on which the bonds are redeemable, plus accrued interest to that date.

(8) Bonds issued under this section are not subject to the revised municipal finance act, 2001 PA 34, MCL 141.2101 to 141.2821, except that bonds issued under this section are subject to the maximum rate permitted under section 305 of the revised municipal finance act, 2001 PA 34, MCL 141.2305.

(9) The issuance of bonds under this section is subject to the agency financing reporting act, 2002 PA 470, MCL 129.171 to 129.177.

(10) Bonds issued under this section shall must not be considered to be within any limitation of outstanding debt limit applicable to the community college district, including any limitation contained in section 122, but shall must be considered as authorized in addition to any limitation of outstanding debt limit applicable to the community college district.

(11) By resolution of its board of trustees, a community college district may refund all or any part of its outstanding bonds issued under this section by issuing refunding bonds. A community college district may issue refunding bonds whether the outstanding bonds to be refunded have or have not matured, are or are not redeemable on the date of issuance of the refunding bonds, or are or are not subject to redemption before maturity.

(12) A community college district may issue refunding bonds under subsection (11) in a principal amount greater than the principal amount of the outstanding bonds to be refunded if necessary to effect the refunding under the refunding plan.

(13) A community college district may use the proceeds of refunding bonds issued under subsection (11) to pay interest accrued, or to accrue, to the earliest or any subsequent date of redemption, purchase, or maturity of the outstanding bonds to be refunded, redemption premium, if any, and any commission, service fee, and other expense necessary to be paid in connection with the outstanding bonds to be refunded. A community college district may also use the proceeds of refunding bonds to pay part of the cost of issuance of the refunding bonds, interest on the refunding bonds, a reserve for the payment of principal, interest, and redemption premiums on the refunding bonds, and other necessary incidental expenses, including, but not limited to, placement fees and fees or charges for insurance, letters of credit, lines of credit, or commitments to purchase the outstanding bonds to be refunded.

(14) A community college district may apply the proceeds of refunding bonds issued under subsection (11) and other available money to payment of the principal, interest, or redemption premiums, if any, on the refunded outstanding bonds at maturity or on any prior redemption date or may deposit the proceeds or other money in trust to use to purchase and deposit in trust direct obligations of the United States, direct noncallable and nonprepayable obligations that are unconditionally guaranteed by the United States government as to full and timely payment of principal and interest, noncallable and nonprepayable coupons from those obligations that are stripped pursuant to United States Treasury programs, and resolution funding corporation bonds and strips, the principal and interest on which when due, together with other available money, will provide funds sufficient to pay principal, interest, and redemption premiums, if any, on the refunded outstanding bonds as the refunded outstanding bonds become due, whether by maturity or on a prior redemption date, as provided in the authorizing resolution.

(15) A community college district is authorized to pay all or part of the costs of new jobs training programs out of funds of the community college district, including self-funding methods. The use of funds of the community college district and self-funding methods to pay the costs of new jobs training programs shall must be considered an authorized expenditure of public funds and shall must not be construed as an investment.

(16) A community college district shall not authorize, issue, or sell any new jobs training revenue bonds after December 31, 2023.2033.