Ballot Deadline Passes, Still No State Budget

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Long closed-door meetings and public pressure have failed to resolve Michigan's state government budget crisis.

The state Senate and state House met into the night but failed to reach a deal on filling an estimated $1.7 billion shortfall in the budget year that starts Oct. 1.

Thursday was the deadline for placing any part of a money-raising plan before Michigan voters in November.

Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop blamed each other for a possible state government shutdown.

Money-raising proposals including adding a penny to the sales tax and temporarily raising the income tax by seven-10ths of a percentage point.


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