Governor Encourages Lawmakers to Skip Summer Break

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The disagreements over how to fix Michigan's government budget crisis escalated today.

Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm sent a letter to legislative leaders saying they should skip summer break and remain in Lansing until they fix a budget deficit for next fiscal year that could reach 1-point-8 billion dollars.

She said Republican and Democratic leaders had agreed last month to erase most of the deficit through an increase to the income tax and a sales tax on some discretionary services.

But Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop said that is not true.

Democrats and Republicans are in the middle of a protracted debate about what to do about the state's budget problems.

Michigan's state finances are among the worst in the nation.

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