The Michigan House and Senate technically returned to full time session this week and – though neither took attendance or held any floor votes (in fairness, a few committees met) – legislative leadership took the opportunity of being back in town to file suit in the Court of Claims against Governor Whitmer for her actions to extend the current state of emergency using the 1945 Emergency Powers Act (rather than the 1976 Emergency Management Act, which requires legislative approval)...an action the Governor took after an extension was rejected by the Legislature last week. On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 to extend Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28...the extension will allow manufacturing workers, including those at Michigan’s Big 3 auto companies, to resume work on Monday, May 11 making manufacturing the second major phase the economic reopening since the pandemic drove a near total shutdown. Also on Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer detailed the six phases of her MI Safe Start Plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy and relax personal and social restrictions imposed by the pandemic...the governor also announced that Michigan is in phase three under this structure. This week in Leader2Leader, participants learned that school districts are likely to have to make deep cuts to their budgets both this year and next year with the state facing a projected shortfall of close to $3 billion this fiscal year and as much as $4 billion next fiscal year (while we don't know how much of this cut K-12 will have to absorb, we do know that a $500 million cut equates to about $345 per pupil). Finally, all but two of the 36 school millage and bond proposals that made the May ballot passed on Tuesday as turnout topped 24%, (breaking the record of 14% for local May elections and more than the 23% who came out in 2015 for the statewide road funding proposal on the May ballot that year) despite only 829 people statewide actually going to the polls in person