Lawmakers Hear Details of Budget "Agreement"

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan lawmakers are getting details on proposals that would balance the state government budget without general tax increases.

The broad agreement in principle expected to include a tax amnesty program and a retirement incentive plan for state employees could be signed Wednesday by legislative leaders and members of Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration. Legislative leaders are getting feedback on the plan before signing it.

Many details would have to be worked out before proposals would go before the Republican-led Senate and Democratic-led House for votes.

Lawmakers are trying to erase a general fund deficit of $302 million this fiscal year and a shortfall of $484 million for the budget year that begins Oct. 1.


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  • by JoEllen Location: Lansing on Sep 8, 2010 at 03:13 PM
    It is time for the legislators and the people of Michigan to stop blaming and cutting state workers. The budget problems were not caused by the state workers, they are caused by the legislators who are so afraid to make any decision which might bite them in the A#* that they do nothing but try to cut state workers. WILX and all of the local newspapers should do an in depth look at the so called "private contractors which are raking in the $$ and not providing to much in the way of services. While you are at it take a look at the travel and expense records of the Governor, House Speaker, and Majority Floor leader of the Senate and other members of the legislature.
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