Lawmakers Sworn In At State Capitol

By: News 10/Associated Press
By: News 10/Associated Press
Budget expected to be top priority for legislators.

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

LANSING -- New and veteran Michigan lawmakers are at the state Capitol for swearing-in ceremonies.
The 2011-12 Legislature is assembling for the first time Wednesday. Individual lawmakers are taking the oath of office.
The majority of lawmakers will be new to their jobs in both the Senate and the House. The turnover is caused partly by the state's term limits law and a strong showing by Republicans in last year's elections.
Republicans built on their advantage in the Senate and grabbed control of House from Democrats.
The state's budget problems are likely to preoccupy lawmakers for months. There's a projected $1.8 billion budget shortfall for the fiscal year that starts in October.
State fiscal analysts are scheduled to make an official estimate of state tax revenues at a conference on Friday.
We will have a full report on the challenges faced by the Legislature tonight on News 10 at 5 p.m.

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