Budget Confusion Won't Stop Amtrak

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The State Budget Office says a proposal designed to level the playing field between Amtrak and competing bus companies is unconstitutional.

It says the amendment language is not enforceable. The provision is part of a bill intended to adjust the money agencies receive this fiscal year.

State transportation officials are set to give Amtrak $7 million this year. The ruling means it won't have to share.

The train line also could've been forced to cancel its state-subsidized routes.

The proposal approved by the House and Senate awaits Governor Granholm's signature.