Proposal final draft deadline and advice

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The final draft of your proposal is due Sunday, March 31, at 11:59 PM.* The formal proposal language and all parts of the proposal document must be complete by that time.

You should have a full draft of your proposal done NOW and you should be working on refining it so that it is complete and finished by March 31. Once we get into the rating and platform discussion period, you will not be allowed to edit your proposal, so make sure you work on it now.

The formal proposal should be SPECIFIC about what you are asking the state TO DO (make or change a law, create a regulation, start a program, implement a policy, etc.), not just “people should do such and such.”

The formal proposal is everything under the FORMAL PROPOSAL headline in your proposal doc, including:

  • Preambulatory (“Whereas”) clauses

  • Operative (“Resolved”) clauses

  • Counter-arguments

  • Costs and funding

  • References

Again, ALL SECTIONS of your proposal doc must be completed by March 31 (including consultations). Don’t wait until the last minute -- now is the time to get and give feedback.

Take advantage of the next few days to meet with instructors or topic coordinators during office hours or online for feedback and guidance.

(*Exceptions to the deadline will be made for MSC members from Innovation Academy and GearUp Academy.)

A word of advice:

Each operative clause of a MSC proposal must do one of these three things:

  1. Require something

  2. Permit something

  3. Forbid something

Avoid, therefore, words like “should” or “would” as much as possible -- these indicate “wishful thinking” rather than something concrete that the state can implement.

Bad example:

Therefore be it resolved:

  • The government should not let people smoke on public sidewalks.

Better example:

Therefore be it resolved:

  • Smoking on public sidewalks in downtown areas of cities with more than 10,000 residents will be considered a criminal misdemeanor.

  • Funding from the state police highway patrol will be reallocated for this purpose at the rate of $1.50 per resident of affected cities per year.

Another word of advice:

Your operative clauses should focus on ONE solution (which can have different related components and details) -- they should not be a menu of different solutions.


Continue to comment on and solicit feedback from other caucus members on your proposals, including discussing details that you (or they) are still thinking through.

The proposal rating and discussion period will take place starting April 1 and continuing until 11:59 PM Monday, April 8. During this time, you will discuss the relative merits of every proposal and rate each one on a 1-10 scale. The top-rated seven or eight proposals (subject to TC and instructor endorsement) will become part of the MSC platform to be presented in Lansing.

REMINDER: The Spring, 2019 MSC hearing will take place 8:30 -11:00 am on Wednesday, April 24 in Room 426 of the State Capitol Building in Lansing. Attendance is mandatory.