This Week’s MACo Testimony – Week of February 25, 2013

The MACo staff gave testimony this week on the following bills:

February 26, 2013:

MACo opposed a new “presumption” that back injuries from public safety workers arose from the workplace use of duty belts.

MACo raised concerns that a broad-based tax subtraction for sales of business interest would compromise revenue streams without accountability on policy outcomes.

MACo supported a reform of the disparity grant program, currently capped at 2010 levels despite substantial changes in wealth disparities since then.

MACo opposed legislation that would subject many county elected officials, county employees, and association staff to professional lobbyist regulation.

February 27, 2013:

MACo requested changes to a broad policy on forest preservation, with appreciation for DNR’s ongoing work to address county concerns.

MACo opposed a sweeping mandate on employers to provide flexible leave – citing seasonal and temporary workers seemingly captured by the bill’s provisions.

MACo supported legislation to provide more public information about school board budgeting, and requested that counties be recipients of the reports.

MACo supported state recognizing and employing a federally-supported bond program to augment state school construction efforts.

MACo supported updating wealth formulas to more accurately reflect late-files tax returns, and phasing in education formula changes to reflect the recognition.

MACo opposed changes to this Commission that would eliminate representation from state or local wardens and facility administrators.

MACo supported added flexibility in meeting a local match under state-sponsored capital projects.

MACo’s initiative bill would partially “decouple” the personal property tax rate from the real property tax rate, allowing more flexibility with county business incentives.

MACo opposed a sweeping mandate on employers to provide flexible leave – citing seasonal and temporary workers seemingly captured by the bill’s provisions.

MACo opposed new state mandates on management of inmate telephone services.

February 28, 2013:

MACo opposed limits on the vessel excise tax, that would compromise funding to waterway projects.

MACo’s initiative bill would provide counties the same gas tax exemption that the State provides itself for government vehicles.

MACo supported added flexibility and simplicity for local governments when required to locally adopt state-guided laws.

MACo supported flexibility in providing various public notices through electronic means, rather than exclusively using newspapers.

MACo sought changes to a clarifying bill, seeking to preserve a local option to include elected officials as part of a planning commission.

March 1, 2013:

MACo opposed expanding presumptions and reimbursement calculations for various public safety employees under the workers’ compensation laws.

MACo supported added flexibility for crossing political boundaries when public safety agencies provide safety or ceremonial escorts.

MACo opposed increases in the base compensation afforded to volunteer firefighter claimants under workers compensation laws.

MACo supported extending the implementation date of a 2012 compromise bill affecting workers compensation presumptions.


To see online versions of MACo’s written testimony from the 2013 legislative session, click here.