Another Budget Vote Derailed

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A vote to raise the income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.6 percent closed in a late-night Thursday session with a no decision, and more votes expected into the morning.

14 lawmakers hadn't voted when, by law, the Michigan House had to close the Thursday session and open a new one at midnight Friday. Two local democrats--Rep. Mike Simpson (D-Liberty Township) and Rep. Martin Griffin (D-Jackson) --had voted against the hike. Rep. Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) had not voted.

The measure was tied to reforms that included considering school consolidation, and trimming legislators salaries by 5 percent.

The session continued with another attempt well into the morning.



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