Prediction: Republicans Will Be Forced Into Tax Hike

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A top Democratic lawmaker says a potential cut to Michigan's K-twelve schools that could reach 125 dollars a student will force Republicans to vote for a tax increase.

Senator Michael Switalski also says legislators are starting to approve higher spending in the next budget year, which increases the need for higher taxes.

Switalski says Senate Republicans are starting to talk privately about needing extra revenue, after they voted for spending reductions only to learn tax revenue may fall farther short of projections.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop was not immediately available for comment.

But earlier today, he said Governor Granholm and Democrats who control the House need to first agree on a tax increase before he'd consider one.

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