Michigan Senate Set To Resume Budget Votes 5-25-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Michigan Senate Set To Resume Budget Votes 5-25-2011

Michigan lawmakers are ready to continue taking key votes on the state government's next spending plan.
The Republican-led Senate on Wednesday likely will vote on multiple bills connected to the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
The proposals that could be voted on soon include cuts to the state's public schools and community colleges. Another measure calls for relying more on privatization in the state's prison system.
Lawmakers and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder are trying to wrap up votes on the next state budget by May 31.
The Snyder administration has said there's a projected $1.5 billion shortfall for the next fiscal year. Snyder also is set to sign a bill that would cut overall business taxes in the next fiscal year by $1 billion.
On Tuesday, the Senate passed a Department of Human Services budget bill by a 26-11 vote along party lines that includes a stricter four-year lifetime limitation on receiving welfare benefits. Current state law also includes a four-year limit, but it has far more exceptions.
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