Governor Encourages Lawmakers to Skip Summer Break

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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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  • by David Location: Charlotte on Jun 28, 2007 at 10:43 AM
    I think that Granholm has skiped out on being Gov. Im glad I didnt vote for her
  • by Tom Location: Jackson on Jun 27, 2007 at 04:34 AM
    Income tax hike - NO, Cut their wages - Yes, Cut their perks - YES, Get Granholm out of office - YES. If this happens maybe Michigan will turn around again.
  • by Sue Location: Lansing on Jun 26, 2007 at 01:40 PM
    Oh dear, the poor little things- might have to work this summer like the rest of us
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