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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