The Michigan legislature is back in action after a two-week break. High on the agenda is resolving the budget deficit, which has grown by $600 million because lawmakers have added more spending rather than reducing state services.
Legislators are also being asked to hike the state tobacco and liquor taxes, and the GOP Speaker Rick Johnson concedes he does not have the votes for either right now, but he predicts he will.
Parents of college students, hoping to get a tuition tax credit, are being warned that may not happen. Sen. Mike Goschka is hopeful differences with the Granholm administration can be worked out soon.