LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Democrats in the Michigan Legislature have begun a tough battle over funding the state's main college scholarship program.
The Democratic-led House Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted along party lines to come up with $120 million to pay for the Promise scholarship in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. A specific revenue source was not identified, making Thursday's vote merely symbolic.
A joint House-Senate panel voted to eliminate the Promise grant on Wednesday as part of a strategy to eliminate the state's projected $2.8 billion shortfall for the next fiscal year.
The House could vote on the proposal to scrap the scholarship program later Thursday.
Democrats say they won't put the proposal to fund the scholarship up for a final vote until a specific revenue source is identified.