Republican majorities in the House and Senate have largely gone along with the tax and spending changes being proposed by Michigan GOP Gov. Rick Snyder.
But the deep cuts the governor wants to hand education are proving a harder sell.
Lawmakers are lessening K-12 decreases after hundreds of school districts warned they're running low on savings and can't absorb the cuts. Some Republican lawmakers are flat-out refusing to vote for them.
It marks the first real GOP pushback against a governor determined to shrink state spending.
Both the House and Senate in recent weeks have passed smaller cuts in per-pupil K-12 funding than Snyder proposed. He predicts the differences can be worked out.
Higher-than-expected tax revenues could provide more money, but Snyder hasn't agreed it should go to education.