If there is industry support, plans for a new HVACR Educational Center at FSU could proceed through the Michigan House of Representatives. Senate Bill 968 (S-1) includes language that authorizes FSU to begin planning the new building under the State Building Authority.
The last attempt to approve funding for planning was line-item-vetoed by Michigan Governor John Engler. However, supporters of this new Supplemental Appropriation bill are hopeful that it will pass the Michigan House after having been approved by the Michigan Senate on March 23.
According to FSU, there are several reasons why the hvacr trade should get behind this bill:
Contractors, manufacturers, vendors, and other interested parties are urged to contact their own State Representative or Senator, regardless of what state they are from, and ask them to support Michigan Senate Bill 968 (S-1).
The Michigan House was scheduled to return from a break on April 10. The appropriation bill was scheduled to be one of the first items to be considered. According to hvacr program coordinator Mike Feutz, the timing is very important.
“They [the House] may have already acted on it after their break,” he said. “But we still need everyone’s support.”
A sample letter and e-mail are included in Figure 1 above for people interested in contacting their Representative or Senator.
For more information, contact Mike Feutz at firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail) or 231-591-2492 (fax).