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)
Michigan lawmakers are set to begin the formal process of resolving the differences between their various state budget proposals.
Joint panels of House and Senate members are scheduled to begin formal conferences on the budget Wednesday and Thursday.
The House and Senate have approved different versions of the next budget and compromises must be reached before a spending plan can become law.
A key factor for the overall budget plan will be determining how deep to cut state aid to K-12 schools.
Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed an additional $300 per student cut for the fiscal year that starts in October, on top of a $170 per student cut that's already on the books.
Some Senate Republicans are among the many lawmakers seeking to make the school cuts less deep.
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