Another Budget Vote Derailed

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

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. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. Comments may take up to 24 hours or longer to appear on the site.

See full commenting rules...
powered by Disqus
WILX 500 American Road Lansing, MI 48911 517-393-0110
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 9915637 -
Gray Television, Inc.