Michigan House OKs $37 Billion General Budget Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A $37.5 billion general spending plan for everything from state aid to local governments to prisons is nearing final approval in the Michigan Legislature.

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A $37.5 billion general spending plan for everything from state aid to local governments to prisons is nearing final approval in the Michigan Legislature.

The state House on Thursday approved the bill 100-10. The Senate is expected to move the measure to Gov. Rick Snyder later in the day after lawmakers approved a $15.8 budget for schools, universities and community colleges Wednesday.

Key provisions of the general budget include an overall 7 percent boost in revenue-sharing payments to municipalities. Michigan's film incentives program will get $50 million, the same as this year.

There also is money to train 100 new state police troopers and hire 25 more conservation officers, and another $10 million more for incentives to attract businesses.


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